Literature in English Syllabus from JAMB

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

 

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, 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 interpretation of the given passage/extract;
iii. relate the extract to true life experiences.

A LIST OF SELECTED AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN PLAYS, NOVELS AND POEMS

Drama:

African:
i. Wole Soyinka: The Lion and the Jewel

Non African:
i. John Osborne: Look Back in Anger

Prose:

African:
i. Alex Agyei-Agyir: Unexpected Joy at Dawn
ii. Buchi Emecheta: Second Class Citizen

Non-African:
i. Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights

Poetry:

African:
i. Leopold Sedar Senghor: Black Woman
ii. Niyi Osundare: The Leader and the Led
iii. Agostinho Neto: The Grieved Lands
iv. Oumar Farouk Sesay: The Song of the Women of my Land
vi. Lade Wosornu: Raider of the Treasure Trove
vii. Onu Chibuike: A Government Driver on his Retirement

Non African:
i. John Donne: The Good Morrow
ii. Maya Angelou: Caged Bird
iii. T.S. Elliot: The Journey of the Magi
iv. D.H Lawrence: Bats


RECOMMENDED TEXTS

1. ANTHOLOGIES

1. Obafemi,O.and Agoi (eds) Of shadows and Rainbows -Musings in Times of Covid (An Anthology of poems, plays and short stories) PEN Nigeria, Online

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

3. Johnson, R. Ker, D, Maduka, C. Obafemi, O (eds.) (1996) New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc

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

5. Nduke Ofiono and Odoh Diego Okenyodo (eds) Camouflage; Best of contemporary writing from Nigeria, an anthology of new Nigerian writers, mace books association, 2021, New edition.

6. Parker, E. W. (ed.) (1980) A Peagent of Longer Poems London: Longman

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

8. 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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