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. (2018). [Review of Shakespeare's big men: Tragedy and the problem of resentment by Richard van Oort]. Renaissance Quarterly, 71(1), 416-417. doi:10.1086/697885

  • Houlahan, M. (2018). From the Shakespeare Hut to the Pop-up Globe: Shakespeare, memory and New Zealand, 1916-2016. In G. McMullan, P. Mead, A. G. Ferguson, M. Houlahan, & K. Flaherty (Eds.), Antipodal Shakespeare Remembering and Forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916 - 2016 (pp. 117-144). Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Houlahan, M. (2018). The curious case of Mr. William Shakespeare and the red herring: Twelfth night in its sources. In D. A. Britton, & M. Walter (Eds.), Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (pp. 238-250). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315649061

  • McMullan, G., Mead, P., Ferguson, A. G., Houlahan, M., & Flaherty, K. (2018). Antipodal Shakespeare remembering and forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916 - 2016. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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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