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

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Email
rebecca.nagel@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-2570
Address
2-13 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Latin language and literature; Classical tradition in English literature


About

I was the Associate Dean (Student Programs) for the Faculty of Arts (2015-2020) and will be returning to that role in July 2021. 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 held several offices including Associate Chair Undergraduate (2009-2012) and Director of Classics (2005-2008).


Research

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 numerous book reviews. 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).



Teaching

On leave 2020-2021


Publications

Sissinghurst: A Fantasy of Austerity
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Lanham, MD: Lexington Books
Volume: The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times
Issue: Edited by Naomi Milthorpe
Page Numbers: 19-31

Naming Plants in The Garden by Vita Sackville-West
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2015
Volume: ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Issue: 22.2
Page Numbers: 241-263

Statius' Horatian Lyrics, Silvae 4.5 and 4.7
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2009
Volume: Classical World
Issue: 102.2
Page Numbers: 143-157

The Classical Tradition in Vita Sackville-West's Solitude
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2008
Volume: International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Issue: 15.3
Page Numbers: 407-427

Farming Poetry: Vita Sackville-West and Virgil's Georgics
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2004
Volume: Classical and Modern Literature
Issue: 24.1
Page Numbers: 1-22

Poets and Lovers in the Snow
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2003
Volume: Mouseion
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 339-353

Virginia Woolf on Reading Greek
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2002
Volume: Classical World
Issue: 96.1
Page Numbers: 61-75

Literary and Filial Modesty in Statius, Silvae 5.3
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2000
Volume: Ramus
Issue: 29.1
Page Numbers: 47-59

The Lyric Lover in Horace, Odes 1.15 and 1.17
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 2000
Volume: Phoenix
Issue: 54.1-2
Page Numbers: 53-63

Polynices the Charioteer (Statius, Thebaid 6.296-549)
Author(s): R. Nagel
Publication Date: 1999
Volume: Echos du Monde Classique / Classical Views
Issue: 18.3
Page Numbers: 381-396