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The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Literature in English is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:
1. Stimulate and sustain their interest in Literature in English;
2. Create an awareness of the general principles and functions of language;
3. Appreciate literary works of all genres and across all cultures;
4. Apply the knowledge of Literature in English to the analysis of social, political and economic events in the society.
i. Tragedy ii. Comedy iii. Tragicomedy iv. Melodrama v. Farce
b. Dramatic Techniques
i. Characterisation ii. Dialogue iii. Flashback iv. Mime v. Costume vi. Music/Dance vii. Décor
viii. Acts/Scenes ix. Soliloquy/aside etc.
c. Interpretation of the Prescribed Texts i. Theme ii. Plot iii. Socio-political context
i. Fiction – • Novel • Novella • Short story
ii. Non-fiction – • Biography • Autobiography • Memoir
b. Narrative Techniques/Devices:
i. Point of view – • Omniscent/Third Person • First Person
ii. Setting – • Temporal • Spatial/Geographical
iii. Characterisation – • Round characters • Flat characters
iv. Language use
c. Textual Analysise i. Theme ii. Plot iii. Socio-political context
a. Types: – i. Sonnet ii. Ode iii. Lyrics iv. Elegy v. Ballad vi. Panegyric vii. Epic viii. Blank Verse
b. Poetic Devices – i. Structure ii. Imagery iii. Rhyme/Rhythm iv. Diction v. Persona
c. Appreciation – i. Thematic preoccupation ii. Socio-political relevance
4. GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES
a. Literary terms: – foreshadowing, suspense, theatre, monoloque, dialoque, soliloquy, symbolism, protagonist, antagonist, figures of speech, satire, stream of consciousness etc, in addition to those listed above under the different genres.
b. Relationship between literary terms and principles.
5. LITERARY APPRECIATION
Unseen passage/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry.
A LIST OF SELECTED AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN PLAYS, NOVELS AND POEMS
1. Femi Osofisan: Women of Owu
1. William Shakespeare: The Tempest
i. Asare Konadu: A woman in Her Prime
ii. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus
Prose: Non African:
i. Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and The Sea
i. Gbemisola Adeoti; Hard lines
ii. P.O.C. Umeh: Ambassadors of Poverty
iii. Shola Owonibi: Homeless not Hopeless
iv. Syl Cheney-Coker: Myopia
v. Jared Angira: Expelled
vi. Traditional: Serenade.
Poetry: Non African:
i. John Donne: The Sun Rising
ii. Sir Walter Raleigh: The Soul’s Errand
iii. Langston Hughes: Negro Speaks of Rivers
iv. John Fletcher: Upon an Honest Man’s Fortune.