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2016/17 JAMB CBT UTME Official Recommended Novels For Literature Students

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The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination date is near as registration closes on January 30th. To help Literary candidates, see list of Literature in English Novels to guide your reading towards the recommendations of the syllabus. These books will also be useful for those searching for JAMB Literature in English questions as JAMB will likely not set outside them.

Literature in English Novels


i. Frank Ogodo Ogbeche : Harvest of Corruption

Non African:
i. William Shakespeare : Othello


i. Amma Darko : Faceless
ii. Bayo Adebowale : Lonely Days

i. Richard Wright : Native Son


i. Birago Diop : Vanity
ii. Gbemisola Adeoti : Ambush
iii. Gabriel Okara : Piano and Drums
iv. Gbanabam Hallowell : The Dining Table
v. Lenrie Peter : The Panic of Growing Older
vi. Kofi Awoonor : The Anvil and the Hammer

Non African:
i. Alfred Tennyson : Crossing the Bar
ii. George Herbert : The Pulley
iii. William Blake : The School Boy
iv. William Morris : The Proud King


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

Abrams, M. H. (1981) A Glossary of Literary Terms, (4th Edition) New York, Holt Rinehalt and Winston
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.
We have posted the syllabus in .pdf file online here

NOTE: It is important to remind all Literature in English candidates (JAMBites) that questions will be set from these novels/books, and it is only wise to read them. Candidates who may have read any of the books should feel free to discuss them below or ask questions pertaining to the subject matter below in comment box.

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3 Top Commenters

Why are the literature texts very different from the ones of last year?


It is different from last year because these are the new one recommended by jamb.


i dont understand. i have seen different recommended text from different source. please which are the right texts needed? because i have been seeing texts like romeo and juliets, sons and daughters, and others.*confused*


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