Luis Martín-Estudillo

Spanish & Portuguese
The University of Iowa

Luis Martín-Estudillo is researching the responses that Spanish artists and intellectuals have offered in the last few decades to the challenge posed by the political, cultural, and economic integration of Europe and its prevailing ideals. His book in progress, tentatively entitled Europe Undreamt, exposes the contradictions present between the benevolent, alterity-friendly official discourse of the European Union and its nation members, and their actual policies, which often betray the principles of tolerance and progress they solemnly state. His interpretation of these artists and intellectuals’ works shows how certain discourses concurrently perpetuate and undermine established conceptions of modernity and also of the construct known as “Europe.”