Martin Camargo

Professor, English & Program in Medieval Studies

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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.

Research Interests

Medieval rhetoric and poetics; Middle English literature
Medieval, Philology/Linguistics/Grammar

Professional Information

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.


PhD, University of Illinois, 1978
AB, Princeton University, 1972

Office Address

107B English Building

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Research Output

Tria sunt: An Art of Poetry and Prose

Camargo, M. (ed.), Feb 18 2019, Harvard University Press. 544 p. (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library; vol. 53)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • A good idea, in theory: Why Mathias of Linköping's Poetria fell short in practice

    Camargo, M., Jun 1 2017, In : Rhetorica - Journal of the History of Rhetoric. 35, 3, p. 239-258 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Epistolary declamation: Performing model letters in medieval English classrooms

    Camargo, M., Sep 1 2016, In : Huntington Library Quarterly. 79, 3, p. 345-363 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Review: S. Wenzel's Medieval Artes Praedicandi: A Synthesis of Scholastic Sermon Structure

    Camargo, M., Feb 2016, In : The Medieval Review. 16

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Rhetorical Argument in Thirteenth-Century Epistolary Theory

    Camargo, M., 2015, Rhetorical Arguments: Essays in Honour of Lucia Calboli Montefusco. Celentano, M. S., Chiron, P. & Mack, P. (eds.). Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, p. 319-328

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 13 Invited talk
    • 3 Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Rhetorica - Journal of the History of Rhetoric (Journal)

    Martin Camargo (Editorial board member)

    2003 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    El Argumento Retórico en la Teoría Epistolar Medieval

    Martin Camargo (Speaker)

    Oct 2015

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Chaucer and the Oxford Renaissance of Anglo-Latin Rhetoric

    Martin Camargo (Speaker)

    Feb 2012

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk