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Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century$
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Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622300

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622300.001.0001

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Writing and the Preservation of Cultural Identity

Writing and the Preservation of Cultural Identity

The Penmanship Manuals of Zaharija Orfelin

(p.43) 3 Writing and the Preservation of Cultural Identity
Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century

Persida Lazarević Di Giacomo

Liverpool University Press

This chapter present the polymath Zaharija Orfelin (1726-85)and his work in preserving the cultural identity of Serbs. This done though an examination of his writing manuals and in particular through the identification of the models that he used for his manuals. When in 1776 the Vienna Court asked for a book on penmanship to be used specifically in the Serbian and Vlach schools it was Orfelin who answered this need. He based his manual, Slavenskaja i valahijskaja kaligrafija (1778) on Joseph Felbiger’s first book on penmanship, a masterpiece in the field of Silesian pedagogy, Eigenschaften, Wissenschaften und Bezeigenrechtschaffener Schulleute (1768). Other calligraphies are also considered as the possible models for an earlier guide to penmanship by Orfelin aimed at teaching Serbian script, Novaja i osnovatelnaja slavenoserbska kaligrafija (1759).

Keywords:   Cyrillic, Zaharija Orfelin, Penmanship manuals, Serbian, Handwriting, identiry, Joseph Felbiger, Illyrian

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