Current JAMB Syllabus For Literature (+PDF)

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This JAMB syllabus for Literature is to prepare you for the JAMB exam that will test your knowledge in the following Literature topics:

1. Drama 

  • Types:
    • Tragedy 
    • Comedy 
    • Tragicomedy 
    • Melodrama
    • Farce 
    • Opera etc.

  • Dramatic Techniques 
    • Characterization 
    • Dialogue 
    • Flashback 
    • Mime
    • Costume 
    • Music / Dance 
    • Décor / scenery 
    • Acts / Scenes
    • Soliloquy / aside 
    • Figures of Speech etc. 
  • Interpretation of the Prescribed Texts 
    • Theme 
    • Plot 
    • Socio-political context 
    • Setting

2. Prose 

  • Types: 
    • Fiction 
      • Novel 
      • Novella/Novelette 
      • Short story
    • Non-fiction
      • Biography
      • Autobiography 
      • Memoir
    • Faction: combination of fact and fiction 
  • Narrative Techniques/Devices:
    • Point of view
      • Omniscient/Third Person 
      • First Person
    • Characterisation
      • Round,
      • flat,
      • foil,
      • hero,
      • antihero, etc.
    • Language
  • Textual Analysis
    • Theme
    • Plot 
    • Setting (Temporal/Spatial) 
    • Socio-political context 

3. Poetry

  • Types:
    • Sonnet 
    • Ode 
    • Lyrics 
    • Elegy 
    • Ballad 
    • Panegyric 
    • Epic 
    • Blank Verse, etc.
  • Poetic devices
    • Structure 
    • Imagery 
    • Sound (Rhyme / Rhythm, repetition, pun, onomatopoeia, etc.) 
    • Diction
    • Persona 
  • Appreciation
    • Thematic preoccupation 
    • Socio-political relevance
    • Style. 

4. General Literary Principles

  • 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. 
  • Literary principles
    • Direct imitation in play; 
    • Versification in drama and poetry; 
    • Narration of people’s experiences 
    • Achievement of aesthetic value, etc. 
  • Relationship between literary terms and principles. 

5. Literary Appreciation 

  • Unseen passages / extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry.

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14 thoughts on “Current JAMB Syllabus For Literature (+PDF)”

  1. Please I want to confirm, is this the real jamb syllabus for this year??

    Because I learnt the literature text have changed to this year’s own as waec syllabus also changed…

    Please I really need confirmation because am confused right now

  2. Hey am a student and my school has not taught me the new syllabus because it has changed pls am confused how am I going pass literature like this

    1. Hi, James.
      Here they are…

      AFRICAN DRAMA:
      Frank Ogodo Ogbeche: Harvest of Corruption

      NON AFRICAN DRAMA:
      William Shakespeare: Othello

      AFRICAN PROSE
      Amma Darko: Faceless

      NON-AFRICAN PROSE
      Richard Wright: Native Son

      AFRICAN POETRY
      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 POETRY
      Alfred Tennyson: Crossing the Bar
      George Herbert: The Pulley
      William Blake: The School Boy
      William Morris: The Proud King

      1. I think that it’s what literature students are offering in waec is what will reflect in jamb. Syllabus has changed…this is old syllabus

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