Michael Who?

Ullyot. (“UH-lee-yit.”) I’m an Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary.

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.)


My e-mail address is I’m also on Twitter (@ullyot) and Instagram (michael.ullyot).

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Department of English, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
tel. (403) 2204656
fax. (403) 2891123

I am accepting graduate students (MA and PhD) for Fall 2017. See here for detailed information about the Department of English graduate program, and contact me for details: < ullyot(at) >. 

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.

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