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Martin Camargo

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Professor Emeritus


Martin Camargo is Emeritus Professor of English, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois. He has served as Associate Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs (2014-2020), Interim Head of Classics (Spring 2011) as well as Head of English at Illinois (2003-2008) and at the University of Missouri (2000-2003), where he began his career after receiving the PhD from the University of Illinois in 1978. His research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is the author of 'Tria sunt': An Art of Poetry and Prose (2019); Medieval Rhetorics of Prose Composition: Five English "Artes Dictandi" and Their Tradition (1995); The Middle English Verse Love Epistle  (1991); Ars Dictaminis, Ars Dictandi (l991); and more than fifty articles and book chapters.

Research Interests

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

Research Description

"The Renaissance of Rhetoric in Late Medieval Oxford": a book about the teaching of rhetoric at Oxford during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, including editions and translations of six Anglo-Latin textbooks from the period.


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

Recent Publications

Camargo, M., & Woods, M. C. (2020). Writing instruction in late medieval Europe. In A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to The Modern United States (pp. 129-164). Taylor and Francis.

Camargo, M. (Ed.) (2019). Tria sunt: An Art of Poetry and Prose. (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library; Vol. 53). Harvard University Press.

Camargo, M. (2017). A good idea, in theory: Why Mathias of Linköping's Poetria fell short in practice. Rhetorica - Journal of the History of Rhetoric, 35(3), 239-258.

Camargo, M. (2016). Epistolary declamation: Performing model letters in medieval English classrooms. Huntington Library Quarterly, 79(3), 345-363.

Camargo, M. (2016). Review: S. Wenzel's Medieval Artes Praedicandi: A Synthesis of Scholastic Sermon Structure. The Medieval Review, 16.

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