University of Calgary

Michael Ullyot

  • Associate Professor

Office Hours


Currently Teaching

 W2020 - ENGL 251 - Literature and Society
LEC 1MW 09:00 - 09:50
SA 121
TUT 1F 09:00 - 09:50
SA 121
 W2020 - ENGL 253.02 - Poetry
LEC 1MW 16:00 - 16:50
CHC 105
 F2020 - ENGL 203 - Introductory Seminar
 F2020 - ENGL 411 - Renaissance Literature and Culture II
LEC 1TR 09:30 - 10:45
SH 274
 W2021 - ENGL 307 - Literature After 1700
LEC 1M 15:30 - 16:45
ICT 122
 W2021 - ENGL 413 - Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
LEC 1MW 11:00 - 12:15
ST 064

Professional Description

I specialize in early modern literature and culture. My research is on biographies, rhetoric, and the history of reading. I'm writing a book about exemplarity and biography in early modern England, or the ways that famous stories influenced people's self-consciousness about their own future fame. I've published articles on elegies, dedications, modernized Chaucers, and Senecan drama. 

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Teaching and Supervision

My teaching interests range from Anglo-Saxon poetry to Restoration drama, but I focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, prose, and drama. My goal is to encourage critical and irreverent thinking in my students, expressed in oral and written arguments that are clear, logical, and substantive. (See my guide to Effective Critical Writing.)

Book in Preparation

Virtuous Lies: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Early Modern England. A book on the forms, rhetoric, and historical occasions of early modern biography and the rhetoric of exemplarity, as viewed by new historicist and algorithmic modes of literary criticism. Funded by a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a URGC Starter Grant, University of Calgary.


Journal Article

Research Groups

  • Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Research Group (MARCS)
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