JAMB Syllabus for Literature 2022/2023 & Textbooks Download PDF

One of the most reliable materials for the 2021 JAMB candidates who will write Literature as one of their subjects is the JAMB Literature Syllabus for 2021 and the recommended Literature Text/Novel 2021.

If you are one of the JAMB candidates writing this subject, then I will strongly recommend you to make use of this syllabus.

You will be able to Download Pdf the JAMB Literature in English Syllabus 2021 as you read down.

Note: the content on this page covers both the JAMB Literature area of concentration which are the topics that JAMB will set the 2021 Literature questions from and the JAMB recommended Literature Novel/Text 2021.

JAMB Literature Area of Concentration (Topics Questions will be set From)

Below the syllabus shown below is the JAMB Literature recommended textbooks/novels 2021, and other relevant material that will help you to pass the exam.

All the 2021 JAMB Literature questions will be set from the topics contained in the Literature syllabus.

Download free JAMB Literature in English Syllabus and Recommended textbooks

To get a better result and prepare well for 2021 JAMB, I will advise you to use this syllabus along with past questions and answers.

With this JAMB Literature syllabus for 2021, you will be able to get all the relevant information regarding the JAMB literature exam (ranging from the area of concentration to the topics JAMB will set literature questions from).

If you can study effectively with this syllabus, then your result will be a better and impressive one.

So, make use of this syllabus if you want to know the contents of each of the topics in JAMB literature in English, and do well to take short notes anytime you are doing your study.

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Below are the topics that JAMB will set Literature questions from. Please, treat these topics as very important because they are the only reliable Literature Area of concentration to work with.

You will also have access to the recommended JAMB Literature textbooks and Novel as you read down. Also, read to the end to download free JAMB Literature in English Syllabus 2021.

1. Poetry Topics under poetry.

Firstly, study all types of Poetry. The major types of Poetry are blank Verse sonnet, ode, lyrics, elegy, ballad, panegyric, epic, etc.

Also know the basic poetic devices which are the structure, imagery, sound, diction, and persona. Sound as a poetic device include:

  • Rhyme or Rhythm,
  • Repetition,
  • Pun,
  • Onomatopoeia, etc.)

2. Prose

Area of Concentration for Prose 2021

Start by knowing the different types of Prose. Basically, there are three types of Prose which are fiction, non-fiction, and fiction.

Under fiction, we have sub-topics like novel, novella or novelette and short stories. While for Non-fiction, we have sub-topics like biography, autobiography, memoir, and faction deals basically with the combination of fact & fiction. Also, understand all the narrative techniques in prose and the basic textual Analysis

3. Area of Concentration for Drama 2021

Under Drama, candidates should endeavor to know the different types of dramas (Tragedy, Comedy, Tragicomedy, Melodrama, Farce, Opera, etc.) and their definitions.

Secondly, candidates should also know the different techniques drama setting and staging (Characterization, Dialogue, Flashback, Mime, Costume, Music, Dance, Décor & scenery, Acts & Scenes, Soliloquy & aside, and Figures of Speech)

Also, study to know how to Interpret prescribed texts in drama. Know the following contexts (Theme, Plot, Socio-political context, and Setting)

Literary Principles & Literary Appreciation

The basic terms in literary principles are:

  • Foreshadowing,
  • Suspense,
  • Theatre,
  • Monologue,
  • Dialogue,
  • Soliloquy,
  • Symbolism,
  • Protagonist,
  • Antagonist,
  • Figures Of Speech,
  • Satire,
  • Stream of consciousness, also do well to study and take note of all the literary principles
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JAMB literature Text for 2021 (Recommended Novels).

Below is the list of the recommended JAMB literature Text (Novels, Dramas, Prose) and so on, for 2021 candidates.

Following the Recent Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) update, the JAMB Recommended Text/Novel for Literature 2021/2022 till 2025 has been updated as follows;

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African Drama Text Title Author
1. Harvest of Corruption Frank Ogodo Ogbeche
Non African Drama Text Title Author
1. Othello William Shakespeare
African Prose Text Title Author
1. Faceless Amma Darko
Non-African Prose Text Title Author
1. Native Son Richard Wright
African Poetry Text Title Author
1. Vanity Birago Diop
2. Ambush Gbemisola Adeoti
3. Piano and Drums Gabriel Okara
4. The Dining Table Gbanabam Hallowell
5. The Panic of Growing Older Lenrie Peter
6. The Anvil and the Hammer Kofi Awoonor
Non African Poetry Text Title Author
1. The Pulley George Herbert
2. Crossing the Bar Alfred Tennyson
3. The School Boy William Blake
4. The Proud King William Morris
Anthologies Text Title Author
1. Naked Soles Gbemisola A.
2. The Penguin Book of English Verse Hayward .J.
3. New Poetry from Africa Johnson R.
4. Oxford Anthology of English Literature (Vol. II) Kermode F.
5. West African Verse Nwoga D
6. A Selection of African Poetry Senanu K. E. and Vincent T.
7. Poems of Black Africa Soyinka W.

JAMB Literature Critical Texts 2021

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

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JAMB Literature in English Recommended Textbooks For 2021

  • Naked Soles by Gbemisola
  • The Penguin Book of English Verse by Hayward, J.
  • New Poetry from Africa 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 Vincent, T. & Senanu, K. E.
  • Poems of Black Africa by Soyinka, W.

Others Materials along JAMB Literature-in-English Syllables

Apart from the JAMB Literature syllabus, recommended textbooks and novels, other materials that will help you to score better in this exam are listed below and they can be downloaded for free.

That was the free JAMB Literature in English Syllabus 2021 and area of concentration which the topics that JAMB will set the 2021 Literature questions will come from and all was brought to you by studentmajor.com.

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Leo yohanna
Leo yohanna
4 months ago

Agreed to join

Bravoo
Bravoo
10 months ago

It was so useful

blessing
blessing
10 months ago

I wont lie,i’m a confused character right now because i dont understand this people anymore with the way they change text which one are we to read?

Udo
Udo
10 months ago

Is THE LION AND THE JEWEL among the novels for 2021 Jamb literature in English

Miracle
Miracle
10 months ago

Are will still using old texts books
I thought is second class citizen, Lion and the heel, look back in anger,mid summer night dream, let me die alone. And all d rest
Cus me am confused ooooo

Love
Love
11 months ago

I don’t see any drama?? …. And besides don’t be confused this is the right syllabus for the year

IVARAVE MICHAEL
IVARAVE MICHAEL
11 months ago

Why are they not using New books which are recommended for jamb ?

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  IVARAVE MICHAEL
11 months ago

Check iBass

Eunice badmus
Eunice badmus
11 months ago

Thanks Soo much, it’s really helpful
I’ve been searching on this for a long time I will read soo hard

Udoji Jerome ekene
Udoji Jerome ekene
11 months ago

Which novel /test are recommended for 2021/2022 jamb

Olugbenga Oyewole Ogunniyi
Olugbenga Oyewole Ogunniyi
11 months ago

After all the comments have read, I am also confused like seriously which I ne is correct because have been to a few website and what I saw there was different from what am seeing here. Please no one wants to fail.

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Olugbenga Oyewole Ogunniyi
11 months ago

Don’t be confuse.. confirm it okn JAMB iBass.

Marcus Barka
Marcus Barka
11 months ago

How many question per subject is jamb asking candidate to answer ?

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Marcus Barka
11 months ago

60 questions for use of English and 40 questions each, for the other three subjects

Marcus
Marcus
11 months ago

Are they not using the new recommended Text like Th Lion and the Jwel , second class citizens , Fences etc

Awonaike Omotola
Awonaike Omotola
11 months ago

I thought they have changed all this text this year
Are we still dining the last year’s text ???

Lola
Lola
11 months ago

Okay life changer is for English language

Lola
Lola
11 months ago

Are we using all the novels for literature in English this year

Idogbe roseline
Idogbe roseline
11 months ago

I mean are will using literature in English text that has expired last year for the same jamb this year? bcus am confusing ooo.

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Idogbe roseline
11 months ago

The Text listed above are correct. Please kindly visit JAMB iBass @https://www.jamb.gov.ng/ibass. Select eSyllabus and click on Literature to confirm the texts listed above.

Precious
Precious
11 months ago

The JAMB literature that we are to use is The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Precious
11 months ago

Please take note: You are not using The Life Changer Novel for Literature. The Life Changer is for Use of English but not for Literature. The text listed above is for Literature

Momoh Happiness
Momoh Happiness
11 months ago

Please what are the novels are we supposed to read please help me am really confused

Joseph Ruth
Joseph Ruth
11 months ago

Okay..good

Desire
Desire
11 months ago

Are we to use the old literature textbook for 2021 Jamb

John Ewah
John Ewah
11 months ago

Please ignore my earlier comment. It’s now I’m viewing the texts you posted again. I thought it was the one you posted last week. My apologies.

Tolulope
Tolulope
11 months ago

Pls i dn’t unerstand something this literature syllabus is different from the questions asked at the cbt, they are asking new questions, which one are we to read now, is it the new ones or the old stories?

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Tolulope
11 months ago

Please note that the text listed on this page are directly from JAMB 2021 iBass.

Ogechi
Ogechi
Reply to  Tolulope
11 months ago

Sister, please did you say you saw new texts like Second-class citizen and the Mid-summer’s Night dream and the others in mock?

Temi
Temi
11 months ago

Please with the comments am seeing here, everybody is confused about the syllabus for literature in eng jamb 2021…
Please we need help, kindly re_upload your website….please

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Temi
11 months ago

The syllabus shown above is the correct syllabus and text for 2021 directly from jamb

John
John
11 months ago

Mentor, have you checked JAMB ibass? The novels, plays and poems there are the ones that have been used in previous years. No change was made. I think you should go to JAMB ibass (e-syllabus) and confirm so you don’t lead these poor students into studying the wrong primary texts for UTME literature.

Treasure Anietie Dickson
Treasure Anietie Dickson
11 months ago

Please is quite confusing are reading the old texts or new ones recommend for waec and neco

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Treasure Anietie Dickson
11 months ago

For all the candidates that have been asking us so many confusing questions, Please always read contextually. The novels that are labeled from 2021 to 2025 are the novels for the 2021 jamb literature exam.

Balogun Motunrayo
Balogun Motunrayo
11 months ago

pls am confused,which Literature textbook are we to read the New or the old ones

Blessing
Blessing
11 months ago

Am really confused which literature novel are we to read is it then old syllabus or the new one please someone should help me oo

Okoroafor chioma
1 year ago

So pls this jamb syllabus am actually confused abt literature in some other websites they are putting d old literature texts as the jamb syllabus for this year which one exactly are we reading

Oluwatobi
Oluwatobi
1 year ago

Can I know the best textbook recommend for physics jamb only one

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Oluwatobi
1 year ago

New School Physics Textbooks.

Esther Chidimma
Esther Chidimma
1 year ago

Please foes it mean we are to read those textbooks and the novels and poems too?

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Esther Chidimma
1 year ago

Just read the Novel and Text listed therein

Amy
Amy
1 year ago

Is life changer this year jamb novel

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Amy
1 year ago

Yes

Ukale omolara
Ukale omolara
Reply to  Amy
20 days ago

The life changer

Tolu
Tolu
1 year ago

What has the texts been updated to?
What books are we to read; the new ones or the last ones?

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Tolu
1 year ago

The new ones listed in a tabular format

Mab
Mab
1 year ago

Really! Please someone should tell us now,jamb syllabus also listed the old ones,but what of the latest edition 2021-2025…..yes we are expected to read back to back….but we aren’t sitting for literature alone….exam focus isn’t a story book..

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Mab
1 year ago

The Texts for 2021 has been updated

Temi
Temi
Reply to  Mentor
11 months ago

The website please

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Mab
11 months ago

exactly

Chinedu Emmanuel
Chinedu Emmanuel
1 year ago

Does it mean that the literature texts for 2021_2025 (Mid Summer Nights’ Dream………..) are not for JAMB?

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
1 year ago

The jamb brochure does not have anything to do with how we would know what literature realible books we need to read…
Pls mock jamb is right at the corner, let us know the real update

Ajadi Timileyin
Ajadi Timileyin
1 year ago

Please are we not using the new texts for jamb, in likes of lion and the jewel, wuthering heights e.t.c .please help us fast our mock would soon start and we need quick reply.

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Ajadi Timileyin
1 year ago

Kindly refer to the 2021 Jamb brochure

Ogunlana femi
Ogunlana femi
1 year ago

I need more questions and answer on on the 2021 jamb

Eduigho ogheneniro
Eduigho ogheneniro
1 year ago

Please I am confused…what about the new literature texts??
Or are you yet to update your page??

Eunice
Eunice
1 year ago

Aren’t we supposed to read d new literature books like Second class citizens….

Juwon
Juwon
1 year ago

Pls, ar we still using the old text for 2021 jamb???

Shade
Shade
1 year ago

Please are we using dis same text for 2021 please

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Shade
1 year ago

Please refer to 2021 JAMB Brochure here

Olatoye Olusegun
Olatoye Olusegun
1 year ago

Does it mean that you are still using the last literature-In-English syllabus for 2021 UTME/JAMB

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Olatoye Olusegun
1 year ago

Please kindly refer to the 2021 JAMB brochure

Favour miracle
Favour miracle
1 year ago

Pls are will using d old books pls o

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Favour miracle
1 year ago

Please kindly check the 2021 JAMB brochure for the latest textbooks for 2021

acha emmanuella
acha emmanuella
1 year ago

please when is jamb form comin out
and also is sweet sixteen the novel to read
thanks alot

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  acha emmanuella
1 year ago

The official date for the commencement of Jamb registration will be announced publicly.. Please kindly check back later for more updates

Mike
Mike
Reply to  acha emmanuella
11 months ago

Sincerely, I relinquish my pillow,my bed, phone and the like just to ensure that I finish the new texts before exams time.When you will shock me now is the that; they are using the old texts.You want to make my sleepless nights to be in futility.”.

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Mike
11 months ago

Please always follow instructions. The above novels are the ones to read.. Check JAMB iBass to confirm that.

ADESINA, OLUGBADE OLASUPO
1 year ago

These are old books. Are they not using the newly recommended books — SECOND CLASS CITIZEN, THE LION AND THE JEWEL, MID-SUMMER NIGHT`S DREAM etc?

Gbemi
Gbemi
Reply to  ADESINA, OLUGBADE OLASUPO
10 months ago

My daughter almost cried out of the hall,wish I saw this b4 d exam,she prepared seriously with the new books but alas,it was these ones listed that came out. I dont know why they did this,confusing students,but I thank God she made 60 in lit and 224 overall. Thanks so much for this info. Pls keep me updated if any news on Neco and Waec syllabus too, good job.

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Gbemi
10 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation

ADESINA, OLUGBADE OLASUPO
1 year ago

These are the old books. Are they not using the newly recommended texts like :SECOND CLASS CITIZEN, THE LION AND THE JEWEL, MID-SUMMER NIGHT`S DREAM etc

Juwon
Juwon
Reply to  ADESINA, OLUGBADE OLASUPO
1 year ago

Pls have you gotten ur ans to ur question, pls kindly share with me coz I’ve been hearing rumours abt that same question

Beatrice
Beatrice
Reply to  ADESINA, OLUGBADE OLASUPO
11 months ago

This is the same thing that happened during my GCE in February this year. They want to do the same thing. They think it’s funny don’t they

Ella
Ella
1 year ago

I thought they will be using the newly recommended literature novels for 2021 jamb..ie William Shakespeare’s “a midsummer night’s dream” and the rest?

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  Ella
1 year ago

As a student, It is also advisable for you to read all necessary Texts so as to equip yourself better for the exam

Ezeoke chiamaka Augustina
Ezeoke chiamaka Augustina
Reply to  Mentor
1 year ago

Yes that right you should not read only the npvels here read all For better knowledge

John
John
Reply to  Ella
11 months ago

I thought so too, but I don’t know what’s going on.

Mentor
Mentor
Reply to  John
10 months ago

Don’t be confused

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