Rebecca Nagel, PhD (Harvard), BA (Toronto)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept
Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Deans Office

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept
2-13 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Deans Office


Area of Study / Keywords

Latin language and literature; Classical tradition in English literature


I am the Associate Dean (Undergraduate) for the Faculty of Arts (July 2021--, 2015-2020). I have served on many committees in the Department of History and Classics, the Faculty of Arts, and the University as either member or chair and have held several offices including Associate Chair Undergraduate (2009-2012) and Director of Classics (2005-2008).


The main theme of my research is the relationship between writers and their literary sources, beginning with Roman authors like Horace and Statius. Work on Virginia Woolf’s essay “On Not Knowing Greek” (1925) and Vita Sackville-West’s poems “The Land” (1926), “Solitude” (1938), and “The Garden” (1946) has provided a way to reflect on the experience of reading and teaching Latin and Greek literature in English translation.  

In addition to the refereed articles in the publications list I have published book reviews in Aspasia, Classical Philology, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Mouseion, and Phoenix. I organized a conference for the Classical Association of the Canadian West on the theme of Commemoration in Antiquity (2008). Selected papers from that conference were published in Mouseion 8.3 (2008). I was the Associate Editor (Latin Poetry) for Phoenix (2007-2014).


Featured Publications

Sissinghurst: A Fantasy of Austerity

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Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2019 January; The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times (Edited by Naomi Milthorpe):19-31

Naming Plants in The Garden by Vita Sackville-West

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2015 January; ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (22.2):241-263

Statius' Horatian Lyrics, Silvae 4.5 and 4.7

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2009 January; Classical World (102.2):143-157

The Classical Tradition in Vita Sackville-West's Solitude

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2008 January; International Journal of the Classical Tradition (15.3):407-427

Farming Poetry: Vita Sackville-West and Virgil's Georgics

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2004 January; Classical and Modern Literature (24.1):1-22

Poets and Lovers in the Snow

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2003 January; Mouseion (3):339-353

Virginia Woolf on Reading Greek

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2002 January; Classical World (96.1):61-75

Literary and Filial Modesty in Statius, Silvae 5.3

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2000 January; Ramus (29.1):47-59

The Lyric Lover in Horace, Odes 1.15 and 1.17

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2000 January; Phoenix (54.1-2):53-63

Polynices the Charioteer (Statius, Thebaid 6.296-549)

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1999 January; Echos du Monde Classique / Classical Views (18.3):381-396