Dr Mark A Houlahan

Convenor of English, Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: MA Auckland, PhD Toronto

School of Arts


About Mark

Mark is Senior Lecturer in the English Programme in the School of Arts, where he teaches Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Literary Theory. He has a special interest in the place of Shakespeare in New Zealand, and the use of adaptations and appropriations in Shakespeare performance, and has published numerous groundbreaking essays on these subjects. Currently he is editing "Twelfth Night" for the Internet Shakespeare Editions (; when completed this will appear live and free to air; a version of this text has also just been published (2014) in the Broadview/Internet Shakespeare Series (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview). Last year he co-edited a collection of essays, "Shakespeare and Emotions: Histories, Re-enactments, Legacies" (Palgrave MacMillan). As current President of the Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association he is anticipating a busy 2016 contributing to the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, April 23, 1616.


Drama; Theatre

Shakespeare. Editing. Critical Theory. Poetics.

Research Interests

Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama and Poetry, Shakespeare in New Zealand, Adaptations, Literary Theories, Editing in Theory and Practice.

Recent Publications

  • Houlahan, M. A. (2017). The play's the thing [Review of 'Best playwriting Book Ever' by Roger Hall; 'Shift' by Alison Quigan, Vivienne Plumb and Lynda Chanwai-Earle; 'Bats Plays' by Ken Duncum and Rebecca Rodden]. New Zealand Books, 27(119), 34-36.

  • Houlahan, M. (2016). [Review of 'The Urewera notebook by Katherine Mansfield' edited by Anna Plumridge]. Journal of New Zealand Studies, (22), 113-115. Open Access version:

  • Houlahan, M. (2016). Stories on Stage: [Review of The Plays of Bruce Mason: A Survey by John Smyth; Here/Now: 8 plays by Award-Winning New Zealand Playwrights by David O'Donnell (ed)]. New Zealand Books: A Quarterly Review, 25, No. 4(116), 19.

  • Houlahan, M. (2016). Bearings: [Review of Being here: Selected poems by Vincent O'Sullivan]. Landfall Review Online, (February), 4 pages. Retrieved from Open Access version:

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Papers Taught


- Levinas & the Ethics of Literature
- Making Fantasy Theatre in Aotearoa (Creative Practice Porject
- Military Scifi and the Cold War
- Travel Writing from Wollstonecraft to Pahmuk

-Fantasy and the Language of Sacrifice

-The New Zealand Wars in Literature and Film

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Houlahan, Dr Mark 9189 maph I.3.26 English Programme