Dr Mark A Houlahan

Associate Professor

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


About Mark

Mark is Associate Professor  in the English Programme in the School of Arts, where he teaches Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Literary Theory. He has recently  co-authored Antipodal Shakespeare remembering and forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916 (Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2018). He has book chapters forthcoming on “Shakespeare and Cultural Memory” and “Shakespeare, Tourism,  and the Pop-Up Globe”. He is co-editing (with Aidan Norrie) a book on Renaissance Drama (New Directions in Early Modern Drama: Edges, Spaces, and Intersections) and is planning a book on iconic New Zealand theatre, tentatively called 10 Plays from the Edge of the World.


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. (2019). [Review of Selected Poems by Ian Wedde]. New Zealand Review of Books: Pukapuka Aotearoa, 29(127), 12-13. Open Access version:

  • Houlahan, M. (2019). Shakespeare comes to our age. English in Aotearoa, (96), 23-25.

  • Houlahan, M. (2019). Curnow's Sonnets. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 37(2), 75-90.

  • Houlahan, M. (2019). Introduction. In V. Rapatahana (Ed.), Nga Kupu Waikato (pp. 4-7). Mangakino and Morrinsville: Waikato Press.

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Papers Taught


Immortality in Shakespeare and Sci-Fi
Making  Theatre in Aotearoa (Creative Practice Project)

Fantasy and the Language of Sacrifice

Poetry, Biography and History (Creative Practice)


Dickinson & Anne Sexton (Creative Practice)

Female Travellers in Arabia

Contact Details

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