When Old is New: Diana Athill and Literary Value

M. Eagleton
2011 Contemporary Women's Writing  
The focus of this essay is the work of Diana Athill. It seeks to account for the extensive media attention paid, in the last few years, to her life and work. The essay considers three main aspects: firstly, the discourses of age in contemporary culture and how age can be marketed as "new"; secondly, the readerly effect of Athill's writing; thirdly, the evaluation of Athill's work in reviewing and literary journalism. Making use throughout of ideas from Pierre Bourdieu, the essay concludes that
more » ... say concludes that aesthetic distinction can be achieved for Athill only through the intervention of literary critics.
doi:10.1093/cww/vpr001 fatcat:2zzu77u4njc2pje55ojnhkezda