Dr Mark A Houlahan

Qualifications: MA (Auck); PhD (Toronto); Grad Dip Writing Studies (Waikato).

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About Mark

Mark is Associate Professor  in the English Programme, Te Kura Toi (School of Arts) in the School of Arts, where he teaches Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Literary Theory. His latest book is New Directions in Early Modern English Drama: Edges, Spaces, Intersections (co-ed. with Aidan Norrie; DeGruyter/MIP, 2020). He has book chapters forthcoming on   “Shakespeare, Tourism,  and the Pop-Up Globe”,  and 19th Century New Zealand theatre. He is editing  the Caroline playwright James Shirley's Hyde Park for the new Oxford Complete Works of James Shirley ; and he  is in the early phases of  a book on iconic New Zealand theatre, tentatively called The New Zealand Playbook Book


Drama; Theatre

Shakespeare. Editing. Critical Theory. Poetics. Adaptation. Theatre History.

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • Houlahan, M. (2022). [Review of Bryan Walpert, Brass Band to Follow, Otago University Press 2021]. Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2022, 324-326.

  • Houlahan, M. (2021). Crossing the Ditch: Trans-Tasman Stages 1841-96. In G. Bush-Bailey, & K. Flaherty (Eds.), Touring Performance and Global Exchange 1850-1960: Making Tracks (pp. 238-248). London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003055860

  • Houlahan, M. (2020). [Review of Literary Festivals and Contemporary Book Culture by Millicent Weber]. Journal of the Association of Australian Literary Studies, 20, 2 pages. Retrieved from

  • Norrie, A., & Houlahan, M. (Eds.) (2020). New Directions in Early Modern English Drama: Edges, Spaces, Intersections. .. Berlin/Boston: De Guyter/Medieval Institute Publications. doi:10.1515/9781501513749

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Papers Taught


Medieval On-line Games

T.S.Eliot & D.H.Lawrence (Creative Practice)

Fantasy and the Language of Sacrifice

Poetry, Biography and History (Creative Practice)


English Female Travellers in Arabia