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

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.

Free Preparation Materials:

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.

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  1. 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?

  2. 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

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

    1. 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?

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

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

  16. 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..

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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

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

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

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

    2. 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.”.

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

    1. 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.

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

    2. 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

  22. 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?

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