What if Spain became more, not less, interesting if we were to view it as less exceptional? In other words, what if exceptionalism is really a barrier to greater understanding. Of course, our initial interest in the country, for many of us, derives from its distinctiveness, the way it is not a typical European country. The basic ideology of Hispanism is that Spain is interesting because of the ways it does not conform to European patterns.
I have no position on this yet. I am just floating the question.