Biography

Nonia Williams studied at Cambridge University, The Institute of Education and UEA.  She gained her PhD at UEA in 2013, with a project on the writing, life, and cultural milieu of the British Avant-Garde writer, Ann Quin.

Nonia works part-time in Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, and part-time as a Learning Enhancement Tutor in the Student Support Service.  She particularly enjoys how these two roles support and enhance each other to develop her pedagogical practice and ability to support students' writing.

Key Research Interests

Nonia researches intersections between twentieth-century experimental aesthetics and forms, representations of gender, domestic life and motherhood, and questions of wider twentieth century cultural and political contexts.  Her work is inspired by an engagement with critical theory, as well as a deep interest in modes of writing such as the essay form and biographical narrative.  Much of her research comprises of archival work with letters and manuscripts, as well as the close analysis of textual material.

Her forthcoming edited collection, British Avant-Garde Fiction of the 1960s (EUP, 2018), comes out of PhD and further research, and seeks to intervene in the resurgence of interest in this literary period.  She is currently writing on Doris Lessing and Muriel Spark, playfulness and cliché in Ann Quin, and the gendering of experimental writing in the post-WWII era.

Nonia is a member of the Modern and Contemporary Research group at UEA, the British Association for Modernist Studies, and the British Association for Contemporary Literature Studies.

Teaching Interests

Nonia has thirteen years’ teaching experience in secondary schools and higher education. 

At UEA, she has lectured and taught seminars for a wide range of modules in LDC, including Reading Texts, Literature in History, Modernism, Critical Theory and Three Women Writers.  She enjoys supervising dissertations and projects, because she is particularly interested in encouraging students to explore and develop their critical writing processes.

Nonia is a fellow of the Higher Education Association.  She currently teaches the Preparing to Teach course for HUM PhD students, which draws on her practical experience and established interest in pedagogical theory.