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JAMB Recommended Textbooks for Literature In English 2024/2025

JAMB Recommended Textbooks for Literature In English 2024/2025: Literature in English is one of the subjects that candidates can choose to write in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Literature in English tests the candidates’ knowledge of literary works, terms, principles, and appreciation. To prepare well for this subject, candidates need to study the JAMB syllabus and the recommended textbooks for Literature in English.

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JAMB Syllabus for Literature In English 2024/2025

The JAMB syllabus for Literature in English is an outline of the topics and subtopics that candidates are expected to cover before taking the UTME. The syllabus also contains the objectives, general instructions, and recommended texts for each topic. The aim of the syllabus is to guide the candidates on what to study and what to expect in the examination.

The syllabus for Literature in English covers four main areas: drama, prose, poetry, and general literary principles. Each area has its own subtopics and texts that candidates need to study and understand. The syllabus also specifies the types of questions that will be asked from each area.

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The syllabus for Literature in English can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. Candidates are advised to study the syllabus carefully and follow the instructions given therein.

JAMB Recommended Textbooks for Literature In English 2024/2025

Apart from the syllabus, JAMB also recommends some textbooks that candidates can use to study for Literature in English. These textbooks are selected based on their relevance, quality, and availability. They cover the topics and texts in the syllabus and provide explanations, examples, exercises, and practice questions for the candidates.

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

The recommended textbooks for Literature in English are:

Anthologies:

  1. Gbemisola, A. (2005) – Naked Soles, Ibadan: Kraft
  2. Hayward, J. (ed.) (1968) – The Penguin Book of English Verse, London: Penguin
  3. Johnson, R. et al (eds.) (1996) – New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc
  4. Kermode, F. et al (1964) – Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, London: OUP
  5. Nwoga D. (ed.) (1967) – West African Verse, London: Longman
  6. Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T. (eds.) (1993) – A Selection of African Poetry, Lagos: Longman
  7. Soyinka, W. (ed.) (1987) – Poems of Black Africa, Ibadan: Heinemann

Critical Text:

  1. Abrams, M. H. (1981) – A Glossary of Literary Terms, (4th Edition) New York, Holt Rinehalt and Winston
  2. Emeaba, O. E. (1982) – A Dictionary of Literature, Aba: Inteks Press
  3. Murphy, M. J. (1972) – Understanding Unseen, An Introduction to English Poetry and English Novel for Overseas Students, George Allen and Unwin Ltd.

In addition to these textbooks, JAMB also prescribes some specific texts that candidates need to read and analyze for each area of the syllabus. These texts are:

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Drama

African

Candidates will be tested on one of the following texts:

iFrank Ogodo OgbecheHarvest of Corruption

Non African

Candidates will be tested on one of the following texts:

iWilliam ShakespeareOthello

Prose

African

Candidates will be tested on one of the following texts:

iAmma DarkoFaceless

Non African

Candidates will be tested on one of the following texts:

iRichard WrightNative Son

Poetry

African

Candidates will be tested on one of the following texts:

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iBirago DiopVanity
iiGbemisola AdeotiAmbush
iiiGabriel OkaraPiano and Drums
ivGbanabam HallowellThe Dining Table
vLenrie PeterThe Panic of Growing Older
viKofi AwoonorThe Anvil and the Hammer

Non African

Candidates will be tested on one of the following texts:

iAlfred TennysonCrossing the Bar
iiGeorge HerbertThe Pulley
iiiWilliam BlakeThe School Boy
ivWilliam MorrisThe Proud King

Conclusion

Literature in English is a subject that requires a lot of reading, understanding, and analysis. Candidates who want to excel in this subject need to study the JAMB syllabus and the recommended textbooks for Literature in English. They also need to practice answering questions on the prescribed texts and poems. By doing so, they will be able to develop their literary skills and prepare well for the UTME.

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How can I download the JAMB syllabus for Literature in English?

You can download the JAMB syllabus for Literature in English as a PDF file from here.

What are the recommended textbooks for Literature in English?

What are the prescribed texts and poems for Literature in English?

The prescribed texts and poems for Literature in English are also listed above. They are selected from different genres and periods of literature. Candidates need to read and analyze them for each area of the syllabus.

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