Saturday, 3 February 2018

Literature Syllabus For JAMB 2018

  • For those who will be writing Literature, here is a comprehensive syllabus of the subject.
    TOPICS
    1. DRAMA
    a. Types:
    i. Tragedy
    ii. Comedy
    iii.Tragicomedy
    iv. Melodrama
    v. Farce
    vi. Opera etc.
    b. Dramatic Techniques
    Characterisation
    Dialogue. 
    Flashback
    Mime
    Costume
    Music/Dance
    Decor/scenery
    Acts/Scenes
    Soliloquy/aside
    Lighting etc.
     c. Interpretation of the Prescribed Texts
    Theme
    Plot
    Socio-political context
    Setting
    Objectives of the Drama Genre
    Candidates should be able to:
    Identify the various types of drama;
    Analyse the contents of the various types of drama;
    Compare and contrast the features of different dramatic types;Demonstrate adequate knowledge of dramatic techniques used in each prescribed text;Differentiate between styles of selected playwrights;
    Determine the theme of any prescribed text;
    Identify the plot of the play;
    Apply the lessons of the play to everyday living
    Identify the spatial and temporal setting of the play.
    2. PROSE
    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
    *Omniscient/Third Person*First Person
    ii. Characterisation
    Round
    Flat
    Foil
    Hero
    Antihero etc
    iii. Language
    c. Textual Analysis
    Theme
    Plot 
    Setting (Temporal/Spatial)
    Socio-political context
    Objectives of the Prose Genre
    Candidates should be able to:
    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 author’s 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.
    3. POETRY
    a. Types:
    Sonnet
    Ode
    Lyrics
    Elegy
    Ballad
    Panegyric
    Epic
    Blank Verse, etc.
    b. Poetic devices
    Structure
    Imagery
    Sound(Rhyme/Rhythm, repetition, pun, onomatopoeia, etc.)
    Diction 
    Persona
    c. Appreciation
    Thematic preoccupation
    Socio-political relevance
    Style
    Objectives Of The Poetry Genre
    Candidates should be able to:
    Identify different types of poetry;
    Compare and contrast the features 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 poet’s preoccupation from the poem;
    Appraise poetry as an art with moral values;
    Apply the lessons from the poem to real life situations.
    4. GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES
    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
    Direct imitation in play;
    Versification in drama and poetry;
    Narration of people’s experiences;
    Achievement of aesthetic value, etc.
    c. Relationship between literary terms and principles.
    Objectives of General Literary Principle
    Candidates should be able to:
    Identify literary terms in drama, prose and poetry;
    Identify the general principles of Literature;
    Differentiate between literary terms and principles;
    Use literary terms appropriately.
    5. LITERARY APPRECIATION
    Unseen passages/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry.
    Objectives
    Candidates should be able to:
    Determine literary devices used in a given passage/extract;
    Provide a meaningful interpretation of the given passage/extract;
    Relate the extract to true life experiences.
    JAMB PRESCRIBED LITERATURE TEXTS  FOR 2016-2019 UTME.
    DRAMA:
    African:
    Frank Ogodo Ogbeche : Harvest of Corruption
    Non African:
    William Shakespeare : Othello
    PROSE:
    African:
    Amma Darko : Faceless
    Bayo Adebowale : Lonely Days
    Non-African:
    Richard Wright : Native Son
    POETRY:
    African:
    Birago Diop : Vanity
    Gbemisola Adeoti : Ambush
    Gabriel Okara : Piano and Drums
    Gbanabam Hallowell : The Dining Table
    Lenrie Peter : The Panic of Growing Older
    Kofi Awoonor : The Anvil and the Hammer
    Non African:
    Alfred Tennyson : Crossing the Bar
    George Herbert : The Pulley
    William Blake : The School Boy
    William Morris : The Proud King
    TEXTBOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
    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.
    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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