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Towards a History of the Phi Collection, 1882-1945

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Conceived in 1882 as a literary ‘Siberia’ in which ‘improper books’ could be kept out of the hands of impressionable undergraduates, in the first decades of the twentieth-century the Bodleian’s ‘Φ’ (Phi) collection served as an ark within which avant-garde writing could weather the storms of obscenity prosecutions and Customs seizures. Despite having held in its time approximately 2,100 obscene and libellous works, the Phi collection has never been the subject of sustained critical scrutiny, ...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Hertford College
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Bodleian Library
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Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
179-194
Publication date:
2015-10-01
ISSN:
0067-9488
Language:
English
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824052
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2018-02-12

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