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Dennis Kratz


  • science fiction
  • Medieval literature
  • fantasy/science fiction
  • romance novels
  • Latin
  • heroism
  • epic poetry
  • Latin poetry
  • English romanticism
  • Alexander the Great
  • Dracula
  • Greek classics
  • classical tradition
  • Homer
  • The Odyssey


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Expert at a Glance

Dennis Kratz, Ph.D. School of Arts and Humanities

Professor of Literary Studies and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Kratz is a medievalist, a translator of classical texts and a scholar of fantasy and science fiction. All of his interests converge in the classroom, where Dr. Kratz excels as an award-winning teacher.

After receiving his Ph.D. in medieval Latin from Harvard University, Kratz taught at Simmons College and Ohio State University. As the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Kratz, is credited with transforming the liberal arts program by developing an interdisciplinary curriculum that fuses the arts and humanities with critical and creative thinking.

He also found a way to bridge the humanities and the digital age by establishing the Center for Arts and Technology, where storytelling meets computer game development, animation and new media.

The classics remain dear to him. Kratz, a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, is the author of numerous translated works and four books on such topics as epic poetry, the concept of heroes and the romantic tradition of Alexander the Great.

He is a former president of the American Literary Translators Association and since 1979 has been the co-editor of the journal Translation Review..

Updated: November 29, 2011