LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

JAMB SYLLABUS ON LITERATURE IN ENGLISH



GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Literature inEnglish is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test theirachievement of the course objectives, which are to:

1. stimulate and sustain their interest in Literature in English;
2. create an awareness of the general principles of Literature and functions of language;
3. appreciate literary works of all genres and across all cultures;
4. apply the knowledge of Literature in English to the analysis of social, political andeconomic events in the society.



DETAILED SYLLABUS

1. DRAMA
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

a. Types:

i. Tragedy

ii. Comedy

iii. Tragicomedy

iv. Melodrama

v. Farce

vi. Opera etc.
i. identify the various typesof drama;

ii. analyse the contents of thevarious types of drama;

iii. compare and contrast thefeatures of differentdramatic types;

b. Dramatic Techniques

i. Characterization

ii. Dialogue

iii. Flashback

iv. Mime

v. Costume

vi. Music/Dance

vii. Décor/scenery

viii. Acts/Scenes

ix. Soliloquy/aside

x. Figures of Speech etc.
iv. demonstrate adequateknowledge of dramatictechniques used in eachprescribed text;

c. Interpretation of the PrescribedTexts

i. Theme

ii. Plot

iii. Socio-political context

iv. Setting
v. differentiate between stylesof selected playwrights;

vi. determine the theme of anyprescribed text;

vii. identify the plot of the play;

viii. apply the lessons of theplay to everyday living;

ix. identify the spatial andtemporal setting of the play.
2. PROSE
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

a. Types:

i. Fiction

• Novel

• Novella/Novelette

• Short story
i. differentiate between types ofprose;

ii. identify the category that eachprescribed text belongs to;

iii. analyse the components of eachtype of prose;

ii. Non-fiction

• Biography

• Autobiography

• Memoir

iii. Faction: combination of fact andfiction
iv. identify the narrative techniquesused in each of the prescribedtexts;

v. determine an author’s narrativestyle;

vi. distinguish between one type ofcharacter from another;

b. Narrative Techniques/Devices:

i. Point of view

• Omniscient/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
vii. determine the thematic preoccupationof the author of theprescribed text;

viii. indicate the plot of the novel;identify the temporal and spatialsetting of the novel;

ix. identify the temporal and spatialsetting of the novel;

x. relate the prescribed text to reallife situations.
3. POETRY
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

a. Types:

i. Sonnetii. Ode

iii. Lyrics

iv. Elegy

v. Ballad

vi. Panegyric

vii. Epic

viii. Blank Verse, etc.
i. identify different types of poetry;

ii. compare and contrast the featuresof different poetic types:

b. Poetic devices

i. Structure

ii. Imagery

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

iv. Diction

v. Persona
iii. determine the devices used byvarious poets;

iv. show how poetic devices are usedfor aesthetic effect in each poem;

c. Appreciation

i. Thematic preoccupation

ii. Socio-political relevance

iii. Style.
v. deduce the poet’s preoccupationfrom the poem;

vi. appraise poetry as an art withmoral values;

vii. apply the lessons from the poemto real life situations.
4. GENERAL LITERARYPRINCIPLES
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

a. Literary terms:

foreshadowing,
suspense,
theatre,
monologue,
dialogue,
soliloquy,
symbolism,
protagonist,
antagonist,
figures of speech,
satire,
stream ofconsciousness, etc.,
in addition tothose listed above under the differentgenres.

b. Literary principles

i. Direct imitation in play;

ii. Versification in drama andpoetry;

iii. Narration of people’sexperiences

iv. Achievement of aesthetic value,etc.

c. Relationship between literary termsand principles.
i. identify literary terms in drama,prose and poetry;

ii. identify the general principles ofLiterature;

iii. differentiate between literaryterms and principles;

iv. use literary terms appropriately.

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5. LITERARY APPRECIATION
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

Unseen passages/extracts from Drama,Prose and Poetry.
i. determine literary devices used ina given passage/extract;

ii. provide a meaningfulinterpretation of the givenpassage/extract;

iii. relate the extract to true lifeexperiences.

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

Drama:
African:
1. Frank Ogodo Ogbeche: Harvest of Corruption

Non African:
1. William Shakespeare: Othello

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

Non African:
i. Richard Wright: Native Son

Poetry:
African:
i. Gbemisola Adeoti; Ambush
ii. Birago Diop: Vanity
iii. Gabriel Okara: Piano and Drums
iv. Gbanabam Hallowell: The Dining Table
v. Lenrie Peters: The Panic of Growing Older
vi. Kofi Awoonor: The Anvil and the Hammer

Non African:
i. Alfred L. Tennyson: Crossing the Bar
ii. George Herbert: The Pulley
iii. William Blake: The School Boy
iv. Thomas Gray: The Bard

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A. RECOMMENDED TEXTS

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

Parker, E.W. (ed.) (1980) A Pageant of Longer Poems 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, HoltRinehalt and Winston

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

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

Jerry A. (2018) Sorters and Sortees Ibadan, Kraftgriots.

Jerry A. (2018) Specks In Our Eyes Ibadan, Kraftgriots.

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