Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Dr. Martin Joseph Camargo Phd.

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

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

Teaching Interests

Medieval literature and literary theory; History of rhetoric; History of English language

Research Interests

Medieval rhetoric and poetics; Middle English literature

Selected Publications


  • 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.

Works in Progress

  • Critical edition and translation of rhetorical treatise "Tria sunt"; "Rhetoric in Late-Medieval Oxford" (book); “Follow the Figures: The Metamorphoses of Marbod’s De ornamentis verborum” (monograph)