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JAMB Syllabus For Literature In English (2019/2020)

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Passing JAMB examination is almost impossible without your JAMB syllabus. Yes! The importance of a syllabus cannot be overemphasized. In fact, it is easier to pass any examination when you have your syllabus for that examination with you. In light of this, I deem it fit to share with you today, JAMB syllabus for Literature In English (2019/2020).

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Basically, this syllabus will help you prepare assiduously for JAMB literature examination in 2019. Thus, you are strongly advise to study this syllabus and use it positively to pass JAMB literature examination.

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HOW TO USE THIS SYLLABUS

Many a times, candidates tend to use JAMB syllabus wrongly. This eventually leads them to failure in the examination. Well, I enjoin you to read the paragraph below assiduously, as it clearly state how this syllabus should be studied.

It is very important to note that this syllabus is only to serve as a guide when studying and preparing for JAMB literature examination. This syllabus should not be used as a core study material by any student. It should only be used as a study guide.

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JAMB SYLLABUS FOR LITERATURE IN ENGLISH (2019/2020)

Aim: The aim of this JAMB Literature in English Syllabus for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), is to
prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

  • Stimulate and sustain their interest in Literature in English
  • Create an awareness of the general principles of Literature and functions of language
  • Appreciate literary works of all genres and across all cultures
  • Apply the knowledge of Literature in English to the analysis of social, political and economic events in the society.

1. DRAMA

Topics:

a. Types:

i. Tragedy
ii. Comedy
iii. Tragicomedy
iv. Melodrama
v. Farce
vi. Opera etc.
b. Dramatic Techniques
i. Characterisation
ii. Dialogue
iii. Flashback
iv. Mime
v. Costume
vi. Music/Dance
vii. Decor/scenery
viii. Acts/Scenes
ix. Soliloquy/aside
x. Lighting etc.

c. Interpretation of the Prescribed Texts

i. Theme
ii. Plot

iii. Socio-political context
iv. Setting

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:

i. identify the various types of drama;

ii. analyse the contents of the various types of drama;

iii. compare and contrast the features of different dramatic types;

iv. demonstrate adequate knowledge of dramatic techniques used in each prescribed text;

v. differentiate between styles of selected playwrights;

vi. determine the theme of any prescribed text;

vii. identify the plot of the play;

viii. apply the lessons of the play to everyday living

ix. identify the spatial and temporal setting of the play.

2. PROSE

Topics:

a. Types:

i. Fiction

– Novel

– Novella/Novelette

– Short story

ii. Non-fiction

– Biography

– Autobiography

– Memoir

iii. Faction: combination of fact and fiction

b. Narrative Techniques/Devices:

i. Point of view

– Omniscent/Third Person

– First Person

ii. Characterisation

– Round, flat, foil, hero, antihero, etc

iii. Language
c. Textual Analysis

i. Theme

ii. Plot

iii. Setting (Temporal/Spatial)

iv. Socio-political context

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:

i. differentiate between types of prose;

ii. identify the category that each prescribed text belongs to;

iii. analyse the components of each type of prose;

iv. identify the narrative techniques used in each of the prescribed texts;

v. determine an author’s narrative style;

vi. distinguish between one type of character from another;

vii. determine the thematic pre-occupation of the author of the prescribed text;

viii. indicate the plot of the novel; identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel.

ix. identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel

x. relate the prescribed text to real life situations.

3. POETRY

Topics:

a. Types:

i. Sonnet

ii. Ode

iii. Lyrics

iv. Elegy

v. Ballad

vi. Panegyric

vii. Epic

viii. Blank Verse, etc.

b. Poetic devices

i. Structure

ii. Imagery

iii. Sound(Rhyme/Rhythm, repetition, pun, onomatopoeia, etc.)

iv. Diction

v. Persona
c. Appreciation

i. Thematic preoccupation
ii. Socio-political relevance
iii. Style.

Objectives:
Candidates should be able to:

i. identify different types of poetry;

ii. compare and contrast the features of different poetic types:

iii. determine the devices used by various poets
iv. show how poetic devices are used for aesthetic effect in each poem
v. deduce the poet’s preoccupation from the poem
vi. appraise poetry as an art with moral values
vii. apply the lessons from the poem to real life situations.

4. GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES

Topics:

a. Literary terms:

foreshadowing, suspense, theatre, monologue, dialogue, soliloquy, symbolism, protagonist, antagonist, figures of speech, satire, stream of consciousness, synecdoche, metonymy, etc, in addition to those listed above under the different genres.

b. Literary principles

i. Direct imitation in play;

ii. Versification in drama and poetry;

iii. Narration of people’s experiences;

iv. Achievement of aesthetic value, etc.

c. Relationship between literary terms and principles.

Objectives:
Candidates should be able to:

i. identify literary terms in drama, prose and poetry;

ii. identify the general principles of Literature;

iii. differentiate between literary terms and principles;

iv. use literary terms appropriately.

5. LITERARY APPRECIATION

Topics:
Unseen passages/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry.

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:

i. determine literary devices used in a given passage/extract;

ii. provide a meaningful inter-pretation of the given passage/extract;

iii. relate the extract to true life experiences.

UTME HARMONIZED PRESCRIBED TEXT

BOOKS (LITERATURE IN ENGLISH) 2016-2019

Drama:

African:

i. Frank Ogodo Ogbeche : Harvest of Corruption

Non African:
i. William Shakespeare : Othello

Prose:

African:

i. Amma Darko : Faceless
ii. Bayo Adebowale : Lonely Days

Non-African:
i. Richard Wright : Native Son

Poetry:

African:

i. Birago Diop : Vanity

ii. Gbemisola Adeoti : Ambush

iii. Gabriel Okara : Piano and Drums

iv. Gbanabam Hallowell : The Dining Table
v. Lenrie Peter : The Panic of Growing Older

vi. Kofi Awoonor : The Anvil and the Hammer

Non African:

i. Alfred Tennyson : Crossing the Bar

ii. George Herbert : The Pulley

iii. William Blake : The School Boy

iv. William Morris : The Proud King

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

1. CRITICAL TEXTS

Abrams, M. H. (1981) A Glossary of Literary Terms, (4th Edition) New York, Holt Rinehalt and Winston

Emeaba, O. E. (1982) A Dictionary of Literature, Aba: Inteks Press

Murphy, M. J. (1972) Understanding Unseen, An Introduction to English Poetry and English Novel for Overseas
Students, George Allen and Unwin Ltd.

2. ANTHOLOGIES

Gbemisola, A. (2005)Naked Soles, Ibadan: Kraft

Hayward, J. (ed.) (1968) The Penguin Book of English Verse, London: Penguin

Johnson, R. et al (eds.) (1996) New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc

Kermode, F. et al (1964) Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, London: OUP

Nwoga D. (ed.) (1967) West African Verse, London: Longman

Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T. (eds.) (1993) A Selection of African Poetry, Lagos: Longman

Soyinka, W. (ed.) (1987) Poems of Black Africa, Ibadan: Heinemann

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Okay. That is JAMB syllabus for Literature in English in 2019. Note that this syllabus is strictly to help you prepare and pass JAMB literature examination with high score. Hope you enjoyed this post? Let me know if you have any comment on this JAMB literature syllabus above.

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