Jose Saval


  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Room 3.17
50 George Square

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  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11:10 to 12:00


Dr. José Saval took a Licenciatura (BA Hons) in Communication Sciences (Journalism) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, followed by an M.A. in The Catholic University of America and a PhD on the figure of the poet and Publisher Carlos Barral at The University of Virginia. He has taught in Universitat de València and University of Virginia before joining Hispanic Studies in 1999. During his time at Edinburgh has worked widely in Knowledge Exchange and Health and Safety, and was Head of department for seven years. He is Main Editor of Cuadernos de Estudio Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and has been president of the Anglo Catalan Society and the Scotland’s Catalan Centre, and has delivered lectures and courses in Australia, Colombia, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Venezuela and the United States.

Research summary

José’s main areas of research are centred on popular culture and the relevance of historical events in literary production. He wrote the first biography of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, analyzing the time in which he grew up (early Franquismo) and the influence it had on his development as journalist, novelist and poet. He also studied the Works of Eduardo Mendoza, having published two books on him to date. He has also studied the influences of the Latin American Boom in Hispanic letters and has written several studies on 20th Peninsular Spanish Theatre.

Project activity

He has just completed a second biography of Vázquez Montalbán with a prologue by Eduardo Mendoza and is currently leading a study of the representation of History in fiction.