Dr Mark A Houlahan

Mark 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{Te Kura Toi}, 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, Tourism,  and the Pop-Up Globe” and the Caroline playwright James Shirley. He is co-editing (with Aidan Norrie) a book on Renaissance Drama (New Directions in Early Modern Drama: Edges, Spaces, and Intersections) (publishing August 2020);  and is in the early phases of  a book on iconic New Zealand theatre, tentatively called 10 Plays from the Edge of the World.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

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

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

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

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

Find more research publications by Mark Houlahan


Drama; Theatre

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

Contact Details

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

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