My teaching and research specialties are early modern literature and the digital humanities — that is, literature in the age of Shakespeare, and how digital tools are transforming scholarly inquiry. I got my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2005, and my M.Phil. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2000. (Clare College, if you must know.)
If you need my mailing address, it’s:
Department of English, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
tel. (403) 2204656
fax. (403) 2891123
I’m engaged in two research projects at the moment (2016). The first is a book (Virtuous Lies: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Early Modern England) on exemplarity, or the citation of illustrative and persuasive stories to provoke different reactions in their audiences. That project concerns the poetic theories and practices of Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser, and the readings of Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex and Henry, Prince of Wales.
My other project, The Augmented Criticism Lab, is a SSHRC-funded test case to automate the detection of rhetorical figures in early modern English, to strive for an augmented criticism. Its Rhetorical Schematics Project aims to systematically investigate the poetic function of rhetorical schemes. (Follow the project on its blog, and on Twitter).
I’ve published four articles in journals (Renaissance and Reformation; Clio; Journal of the Northern Renaissance; and Spenser Studies); five book chapters; and seven book reviews.
- “The Augmented Criticism Lab” for my SSHRC IDG-funded digital humanities project (2013- )
- “Medieval + Early Modern Studies” for Department of English (2012- )
- “Michael Ullyot” [you’re here already] for my teaching and research (2011- )
- “The English 340 Blog” (2012-13)
- “The English 503 Blog” (2013)
- “Hamlet in the Humanities Lab” for English 203 (2012)
- “The ASHA 321 Blog” for Arts and Science Honours Academy (2012)