Professor / Dean, School of Arts & Humanities , LIT/HUSL
Office: JO 4.510d
Areas of Specialization: Medieval literature, classical tradition, translation, fantasy/science fiction.
Education: PhD, Medieval Latin, Harvard University, 1970
MA, Classical Philology, Harvard University, 1964
BA, Dartmouth College, Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1963
Research emphasizes the continuation of the classical tradition in medieval and modern literature. He has published four books: Mocking Epic (1980); Waltharius and Ruodlieb (1984); The Romances of Alexander (1991); and, with Dr. Abby Robinson Kratz, Effective Listening Skills (1994). He has published numerous articles and reviews on subjects that include scholarly investigations of epic poetry, the changing concept of heroism, translation theory, Fantasy and Science Fiction. A translator of classical and medieval literature, Dr. Kratz has been co-editor of the journal Translation Review since 1979. He has received two grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Germany) to pursue his research, and in 1993 was Translator-in-Residence at the European Translators Collegium in Straelen, Germany. From 1987-89, he served as President of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).