Books

Pilar Farrés, “Enganxats per la crisi,” mixed media on wood, 50 x 70 cm.

Professor Seguín is currently completing a book on the novels of Spain’s Great Recession. The book argues that novelists have wielded an unusual degree of influence on Spain’s public sphere. Compared to other countries across the North Atlantic, Spanish novelists are over-represented on the radio, political debate shows, and the op-ed pages of major newspapers. In order to understand their influence, the book argues, we must think of these writers as “novelist intellectuals” and read their fictional work as containing arguments meant to intervene in the public sphere. Seen in this way, Spain’s novelists have presented competing sets of arguments for understanding the Great Recession, and those arguments have, by and large, either indicted the elites of the present or glorified the people of the past. Far from considering literature at a remove from the public sphere, the book aims to explain the role of novelist intellectuals in providing the most compelling and widely adopted narratives of the Spanish economic crisis.

He is also working on two book projects that explore earlier moments in Iberian history. The first, provisionally titled Intellectual Refuge: Carl Schmitt in Spain, examines the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt’s relationships with the people, institutions, and thinkers of pre- and postwar Spain. It considers, on the one hand, the importance of such figures as Don Quixote, Francisco de Vitoria, and Juan Donoso Cortés for Schmitt’s political philosophy and jurisprudence; and, on the other, the relationships he maintained with the d’Ors family, the Instituto de Estudios Políticos, Enrique Tierno Galván, and others during the Francoist period and transition to democracy. The second project, provisionally titled The Rebellious Atlantic: Spanish Romanticism and the Imperial Economy, studies how romanticism shaped and challenged Spain’s imperial economy following the Constitution of Cádiz in 1812, including the role romantics played in exporting economic liberalism to Latin America.