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 work together 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 and sexuality, and questions of wider twentieth century cultural and political contexts.

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 also currently researching Doris Lessing and Muriel Spark materials in the BACW at UEA, and writing on madness, formal experiment, playfulness and cliché in Ann Quin.

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

At UEA, Nonia has lectured and taught seminars for a wide range of modules in LDC, including Reading Texts, Literature in History, Modernism, Fiction After Modernism, Critical Theory, The Short Story and Three Women Writers.  She enjoys supervising dissertations and projects, and welcomes contact from potential students.

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.