The JAMB Syllabus for Literature in English for the 2018/19 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Definition of Literature
Literature is defined as books and other written works, especially those considered to have creative or artistic merit or lasting value.
-the profession of an author; production of writings, esp. of imaginative prose, verse, etc.
-all writings in prose or verse, esp. those of an imaginative or critical character, without regard to their excellence: often distinguished from scientific writing, news reporting, etc.
-all of such writings considered as having permanent value, excellence of form, great emotional effect, etc.
-all the writings of a particular time, country, region, etc., specif. those regarded as having lasting value because of their beauty, imagination, etc.: American literature
-all the writings dealing with a particular subject: the medical literature
-all the compositions for a specific musical instrument, voice, or ensemble
-printed matter of any kind, as advertising, campaign leaflets, etc.
JAMB Syllabus is a place where JAMB lists out all the topics, sub-topics and textbooks candidates requirements for the preparation of a particular subject. In this page, we will sharing with you the Literature in English Syllabus. We will also share with you the approved prose, poets, drama and anthologies.
This JAMB syllabus for Literature-in-English will aid concerned candidates to plan adequately for the upcoming examination.
The aim of this 2018 JAMB syllabus for literature in english (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:
– excite and nurture their interest in Literature in English;
– create a knowledge 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.
We can promise that if you are able to read, understand and digest the topics below, then you will score at least 90/100 in Literature in English. This is achievable but you must prepare. Not just read anything, read the topics that matter. Preparing with the adequate materials/books. Yes prepare with the JAMB syllabus for Literature-in-English
Aside from scoring above 90/100 in JAMB when you prepare with the JAMB syllabus, most universities, polytechnics and College of Education uses this syllabus in setting their post utme questions. This indicates that since you will score above 90 in JAMB, then you will definitely score above 90% in your post utme, hence, you will get admission.
This is the first topic/sub-topic. The JAMB approved drama books for literature in English below;
JAMB approved drama books for literature in English
Harvest of Corruption by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche (An African Drama)
Othello by William Shakespeare (A Non-African Drama)
After reading the topic, make sure you are able to;
Identify the various types of drama.
Analyse the contents of the numerous types of drama.
Compare and contrast the peculiarities of different dramatic types.
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of dramatic techniques used in each prescribed text.
Differentiate between styles of selected playwrights.
Determine the theme of any prescribed text.
Recognize the plot of the play.
Apply the drills of the play to everyday living.
Identify the spatial and temporal setting of the play.
2. GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES
This is the second topic/sub-topic. After reading this topic, make sure you are able to;
recognise literary terms in drama, prose and poetry.
recognise the general principles of Literature.
differentiate between literary terms and principles.
Use literary terms properly.
3. LITERARY APPRECIATION
This is the third topic/subtopic in the JAMB syllabus for Literature in English. The content of this topic will be gotten from Unseen passages/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry. This implies you must have read the recommended books for the poetry, drama and prose. After-which, make sure you are able to;
ascertain literary devices used in a given passage/extract.
provide a meaningful interpretation of the given passage/extract.
Relate the extract to true life experiences.
This is the 4th topic/sub-topic. Here you have to read the recommend poets books see them below;
Approved JAMB Poets for literature in English
The JAMB approved Poetry books for literature in English are listed below. The first six poets books are African while the remaining four are Non-Africans;
Vanity by Birago Diop
Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti
Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara
The Dining Table by Gbanabam Hallowell
The Panic of Growing Older by Lenrie Peter
The Anvil and the Hammer by Kofi Awoonor
Crossing the Bar by Alfred Tennyson
The Pulley by George Herbert
The School Boy by William Blake
The Proud King by William Morris
After reading the topic and the poets, make sure you are able to;
recognise different types of poetry.
compare and contrast the peculiarities of different poetic types.
determine the devices used by various poets.
show how poetic devices are used for aesthetic effect in each poem.
deduce the poets preoccupation from the poem.
appraise poetry as an art with moral values.
Apply the lessons from the poem to real-life situations.
This is the last topic you will read. While reading the topic, make sure you read the types, narrative devices and textual devices of prose. You also have to read some prose books which are approved by JAMB.
Prose Books for literature in English Approved by JAMB
The prose boos are;
differentiate between types of prose.
identify the category that each prescribed text belongs to.
analyse the components of each type of prose.
identify the narrative techniques used in each of the prescribed texts.
determine an authors narrative style.
distinguish between one type of character from another.
determine the thematic pre-occupation of the author of the prescribed text.
indicate the plot of the novel; identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel.
identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel.
relate the prescribed text to real-life situations.
JAMB Approved Recommended Anthologies for UTME
An Anthology is a compilation of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts [source]. Below are the anthologies candidates writing Lit-in-Eng should read in preparation of the UTME. They are;
Naked Soles, by Gbemisola, A
The Penguin Book of English Verse by Hayward, J
New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan by Johnson, R
Oxford Anthology of English Literature,Vol. II, by Kermode, F
West African Verse, by Nwoga D
A Selection of African Poetry, by Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T
Poems of Black Africa, by Soyinka, W
Approved Critical texts for Literature in English
The critical texts for literature in English are just three. They include
A Glossary of Literary Terms, (4th Edition) by Abrams, M. H
A Dictionary of Literature, by Emeaba, O. E
Understanding Unseen, An Introduction to English Poetry and English Novel for Overseas Students, by Murphy, M. J.