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The 2019 JAMB Literature in English syllabus is divided into 5 main sections, in which, under each section, there are topics to be covered and what is expected of candidates to know from the topics

1. DRAMA
2. GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES
3. LITERARY APPRECIATION
4. POETRY
5. PROSE

TOPIC 1: DRAMA

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.

CONTENT
(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. Décor/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.


TOPIC 2: GENERAL LITERARY 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.

CONTENT
(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.

TOPIC 3: LITERARY APPRECIATION

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.

CONTENT
Unseen passages/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry.

TOPIC 4: POETRY
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

CONTENT
(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.

TOPIC 5: PROSE

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.

CONTENT
(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

JAMB RECOMMENDED LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TEXTBOOK
1. 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

2. 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.

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