José Manuel Ruiz Martínez holds a PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Granada. He wrote the PhD dissertation La puerta de los libros. Una aproximación al diseño gráfico a través del análisis de las cubiertas de Daniel Gil para Alianza editorial. This work was later published as a monography called Daniel Gil. Los mil rostros del libro by Caja Cantabria (Santander, 2012). He has published several works about Daniel Gil and also about the relationship between Graphic Design and Literature, for instance, in Biblioteca Nueva, Salina or Sociocriticism. Gràffica, a publishing house from Valencia specialized in Graphic design, commissioned him a biography of Daniel Gil which will be published soon.
He has participated in the Project Recepción y crítica del teatro español durante la dictadura (1939-1975) en Granada y Córdoba: bases de datos digitales, directed by Antonio Sánchez Trigueros and funded by the former Ministry of Eduacion and Science of Spain. He has been also a member of the research group of the University of Aahrus La memoria novelada: la contribución de la literatura a la construcción de identidades culturales en España, whose aim was to study the novels, plays and films about the Spanish Civil war and Franco’s dictatorship from 2000 to the present in relation to the representation of historical memory. At the present, he is a member of the research group Memoria y narración (created from the previous) with the participation of various european universities. In this context, his research work has focused on the intermedial relations between novels about the Spanish Civil War and the postward period and their film versions in relation to the representation of memory. He has published his works about this subject in two monographies called La memoria novelada II and III, published by Peter Lang, in Etudes Romanes de Copenhage, and Tropelías.
At the present, he is a tenure professor at the University of Granada, and the Coordinator of the Degree in Comparative Literature. He is also the coordinator of the book club of the university.