In this course, students will examine coming-of-age narratives to consider the ways in which writers explore the challenges of growing up Black in the Diaspora. We will engage critical questions such as: What does Black childhood look like? Does a Black childhood exist? Can it? How is Black childhood defined and what defines it? Further, what is the relationship between Black childhood and the project of nation building and the idea of national belonging? How do Black parents function in preparing their progeny for their role/place in the nation, particularly with regards to questions of being a "nation within a nation" and/or claims to citizenship?