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I’m currently a Lecturer in Shakespeare & Early Modern Drama and Literature at the University of Essex, in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.

I completed my PhD in Drama at the University of Exeter (UK) in June 2016. Currently, I am focused on completing my long-term practice-as-research project, Measure (Still) for Measure.  

Following completion of my monograph, I’ll be turning my attention towards a project on intimacy coordination and canonical drama–watch this space!


My latest article ‘Incomplete Dramaturgies’ is now out in Shakespeare Bulletin 40.1!

In 2022, I received Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Strategic Funding through the University of Essex to run a series of practice-as-research workshops in April, May, and June 2022.

Throughout 2021, I co-authored a series of monthly blog posts reviewing Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series of plays, with Arezou Amin. The first installment can be read here.

My husband and I recently launched an edutainment podcast called Not Another Shakespeare Podcast! The premise is to take neither ourselves nor Shakespeare seriously. In each episode, I introduce James to an early modern play, and he gives his honest (often hilarious) reactions. Please note that the podcast is NSFW and not appropriate for children!

I’m thrilled that my first monograph, Canonical Misogyny: Dramaturgies of Sexual Violence in Early Modern Performance, is now under contract with Edinburgh University Press! Look out for publication in 2025.

My main interests include:

Nora leading a theatre workshop. Photo by Christian Ludwig Hansen

Photo by Christian Ludwig Hansen

⇒Shakespeare and early modern drama

⇒Performances thereof (both historical and contemporary)

⇒Shakespeare/early modern drama and digital culture

⇒Gender/identity and performance

⇒Adaptations of classical drama

For writing that isn’t quite academic, check out my blog.

I’m always happy to talk about future projects and potential collaborations.

Please feel free to email me or contact me through HCommons

You can also find me on Twitter @noraj_williams.

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