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Dr. Martin Joseph Camargo Phd.

Professor and Associate Dean of LAS of Medieval Studies,English, and Classics

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Martin Camargo is Associate Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs and Professor of English, Classics, and MedievalStudies at the University ofIllinois. He has served as Interim Head of Classics (Spring 2011) as wellas Head of English at Illinois (2003-2008) and at the University ofMissouri (2000-2003), where he began his career after receiving the PhDfrom the University of Illinois in 1978. His research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of LearnedSocieties, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alexander vonHumboldt Foundation. He is the author of  Medieval Rhetorics of Prose Composition: Five English"Artes Dictandi" and Their Tradition (Binghamton: Medieval and RenaissanceTexts and Studies, 1995);  The Middle English Verse Love Epistle  (Tübingen:Niemeyer, 1991); Ars Dictaminis, Ars Dictandi,  Typologiedes sources du moyen âge occidental 60 (Turnhout: Brepols, l991); and morethan fifty articles and book chapters. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Middle English literature; medieval rhetoric and poetics

Research Description

  • Critical edition and English translation of the late fourteenth-century Anglo-Latin rhetorical treatise Tria sunt (in press). Book-length commentary on Tria sunt. Other projects concerning the teaching of rhetoric at Oxford in the late Middle Ages.



  • Medieval Rhetorics of Prose Composition: Five English “Artes Dictandi” and Their Tradition. . Binghamton: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1995.
  • The Middle English Verse Love Epistle. . Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1991.
  • Ars Dictaminis, Ars Dictandi. . Turnhout: Brepols, 1991.

Book Contributions

  • "If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them; or, When Grammar Met Business Writing (in Fifteenth-Century Oxford)." Letter-Writing Manuals and Instruction from Antiquity to the Present. . Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007. 67-87.

  • "Latin Composition Textbooks and Ad Herennium Glossing: The Missing Link?." The Rhetoric of Cicero in its Medieval and Early Renaissance Commentary Tradition. . Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006. 267-88.

  • "Chaucer’s Use of Time as a Rhetorical Topos." Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook. . London and New York: Routledge, 2004. 91-107.

  • "Defining Medieval Rhetoric." Rhetoric and Renewal in the Latin West 1100-1540: Essays in Honour of John O. Ward. . Turnhout: Brepols, 2003. 21-34.

  • "The Pedagogy of the Dictatores." Papers on Rhetoric V: Atti del Convegno Internazionale “Dictamen, Poetria and Cicero: Coherence and Diversification,” Bologna, 10-11 Maggio 2002. . Rome: Herder, 2003. 65-94.

  • "The Book of John Mandeville and the Geography of Identity." Marvels, Monsters, and Miracles: Studies in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination. . Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2002. 67-84.

Journal Articles

  • "Medieval Rhetoric Delivers; or, Where Chaucer Learned How to Act." New Medieval Literatures 9 (2008): 41-62.
  • "Tria sunt: The Long and the Short of Geoffrey of Vinsauf’s Documentum de modo et arte dictandi et versificandi." Speculum 74 (1999): 935-55.

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