Pavel Katenin


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Katenin, Pavel Aleksandrovich

 

Born Dec. 11 (22), 1792, in the village of Shaevo, Kostroma Province; died there May 23 (June 4), 1853. Russian writer and theatrical figure.

Katenin served in the Patriotic War of 1812. One of the leaders of the Military Society, a secret Decembrist organization, he was dismissed from service in 1820 for political reasons. He spent many years living in the countryside. He began publishing before the Patriotic War of 1812 and was a leading figure of one of the branches of Decembrist romanticism. He was the author of the ballad Ol’ga (1816), a work vastly different in artistic principles from V. A. Zhukovskii’s poetry and one that gave rise to polemics. The ballad’s focus on Russian everyday life and the extensive use of forms from popular speech brought him close to A. S. Shishkov, yet at the same time the ballad reflected the Decembrist idea of the folk nature of literature. Katenin was also a playwright, translator, and drama teacher (V. A. Karatygin was one of his students).

WORKS

Izbr. proiz. [Introductory article by G. V. Ermakova-Bitner.] Moscow-Leningrad, 1965.

REFERENCE

Istoriia russkoi literatury XIX v. Bibliograficheskii ukazatel’. Moscow-Leningrad, 1962.

IU. M. LOTMAN

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Iurii Tynianov claims that Pushkin's use of the octave refers to an article written by the poet's colleague and friend Pavel Katenin which came out in the journal Syn otechestva in 1822 and was aimed in part against Vasilii Zhukovskii.
His articulation of Romantic theory can be divided into three distinct stages, each better informed and more eloquent than the last: his linguistic polemic against Pavel Katenin and the Shishkovite Circle in the late teens and early twenties; his three "Glances" in The Polar Star, published 1823-1825; and his final synthesis in 1833 in the essay occasioned by Nikolai Polevoy's historical novel The Oath on the Tomb of the Lord.
Bestuzhev's attack on Pavel Katenin had its roots in the internal politics of Russian pre-Romantic literature.