Persida Lazarević Di Giacomo
Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio”

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Original scientific article

“There were banquets and parties every day”: the importance of British female circles for the Serbian Enlightenment

This paper deals with the important influence of the British female circles on the main figure of the Serbian Enlightenment – Dositej Obradović. When Obradović arrived in England in 1784, he had the opportunity to frequent the Scottish community in London and to get acquainted with Mrs. Livie and her sister Mrs. Taylor who participated actively in the British cultural life of the day. It was those women who advised him about the titles of the recently published books, about the authors, and about the current topics of interest. They also suggested that he should translate the stories of Elizabeth Carter and Anna Laetitia Barbauld, two very popular figures of the British Enlightenment.


Dositej Obradović, British female circles, British Enlightenment, Scottish Enlightenment

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Значај британских женских кругова за српско просветитељство

Овај рад анализира утицај који су британски женски кругови имали на главну личност српског просветитељства − Доситеја Обрадовића. Када је Доситеј стигао у Енглеску 1784. године, случајно му се пружила прилика да се упозна са неким представницима шкотске заједнице у Лондону те са госпођом Ливи и њеном сестром госпођом Тејлор, које су активно учествовале у британском културном животу. Те су га даме саветовале о објављеним књигама, ауторима, и актуелним темама. Такође су му предложиле да преведе приче Елизабет Картер и Ане Летише Барболд, две веома популарне личности британског просветитељства.

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