This module is designed to provide the student with an overview of the cultural, historical and political context of the Catalan speaking-territories, emphasising the analysis of the multiple and controversial discourses around the label of ‘Països Catalans’. The first half of the semester will focus on recent theories of building nation and national identity as well as presenting the existing communities within the Països Catalans: Principat, Illes Balears, País Valencià. It will also establish the main debates surrounding the nature of their relationship with each other and with the rest of Spain. These theories and ideas will then be applied to some selected texts from theatre, film, media and narrative. Overall this course explores the relationship between the individual and the collective; hegemony and power; history and cultural memory; centre and periphery.