JAMB Literature Syllabus 2022/2023 & Topics to Read Download in PDF

Here is the JAMB literature syllabus 2022/2023 for all candidates that have registered for the 2022 JAMB exam and have also chosen literature as one of their subjects.

On this page, we have explained all the literature topics to read for JAMB literature in English and the topics that literature questions 2022 will be set from.

Importantly, this article also contains the JAMB area of concentration for literature 2022 and the exact topics that candidates should read for literature 2022.

Note: this JAMB syllabus for literature 2022 is also available in PDF format and can be downloaded for free. Check more details below.

Check out: JAMB literature Questions and Answers for 2022

JAMB Area of Concentration for Literature 2022.

While studying for your literature exam, make sure you focus on the literature area of concentration for JAMB 2022.

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The following are the JAMB area of concentration for literature for 2022 and objectives.


While preparing for the JAMB literature 2022/2023, the candidates are advised to concentrate, study, focus and be able to;

  • Identify and understand literary terms used in drama, prose and poetry.
  • Know and understand the principles of Literature.
  • Be able to state the differences between literary principles and literary terms
  • Know how to use and apply literary terms in literature work.
  • Be able to read passages, understand and explain the literary devices used within the passage.
  • Interpretation of literature passages/texts.
  • Ability to relate the lottery extract to true life experiences.
  • Understand, Identify and Explain various types of dramas.
  • Be able to know the similarities and differences between different type of dramas.
  • Be able differentiate between different type of dramas.
  • Understand, Identify and Explain various types of poetry.
  • Make sure you are able to compare and contrast the different types of poetic.
  • Be able to know the value of poetry as an art with moral values.
  • Explain and Differentiate types of prose.
  • Analyze the literature components of each type of prose.
  • Be able to identify the temporal and spatial setting of any novel you read.

JAMB Syllabus for Literature/Topics To Read for 2022/2023 JAMB

Below is the explained Literature syllabus for JAMB 2022 and the JAMB literature topics to read for 2022 literature in English.

General principles of literature:

The candidates should study and understand the following literary principles.

  • Direct imitation in play.
  • Versification in drama and poetry.
  • Narration of experiences.
  • Achievement of aesthetic value, etc.

Literary/Literature Terms:

Candidates should make sure they spend enough time to study and understand the following literary and literature terms and how to apply them.

  • Foreshadowing
  • Dialogue
  • Suspense
  • Symbolism
  • Theatre
  • Monologue
  • Soliloquy
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Synecdoche
  • Satire
  • Metonymy
  • Stream of consciousness
  • Relationship between literary terms and principles
  • Literary appreciation

Figures of speech

Candidates should spend time to study and understand the common figures of speech with their examples.

Common figures of speech to study include:

  • Metaphor
  • Epigram
  • Antithesis
  • Oxymoron
  • Personification
  • Metonymy
  • Simile
  • Apostrophe
  • Hyperbole
  • Sarcasm
  • Alliteration
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Circumlocution
  • Synecdoche
  • Pleonasm
  • Transferred epithets
  • Euphemism
  • Irony
  • Pun
  • Litotes
  • Interrogation
  • Exclamation
  • Climax
  • Anticlimax
  • Bathos
  • Tautology

Drama, Types, Dramatic Techniques and Interpretation

  • Types of Drama
  • The differences between the different types of drama

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Types of Drama include

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

Dramatic Techniques

  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Flashback
  • Mime
  • Costume
  • Music and Dance
  • Décor and scenery
  • Acts and Scenes
  • Soliloquy and aside
  • Lighting etc.

Interpretation and Analyzing of Texts

  • Theme of the text
  • Plot
  • Socio-political context
  • Setting of the drama

Prose (Fiction, Nonfiction and faction)

  • Types of Prose

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Fiction include:

  • Novel
  • Novella/Novelette
  • Short story

Non-fiction include:

  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Memoir

Narrative Devices and Techniques in Prose:

  • Point of view
  • Omniscient
  • First Person
  • Third Person
  • Characterizations
  • Language

Interpretation and Analyzing of Texts

  • Theme of the text
  • Plot
  • Socio-political context
  • Setting (Temporal/Spatial) of the text.

Poetry, Types, Poetic devices and Appreciation

  • Types of Poetry

Study and familiarize yourself with identifying each type of poetry and their patterns.

See Also: Recommended JAMB literature Poetry for 2022

Types of poetry are:

  • Ballad
  • Blank Verse
  • Sonnet
  • Ode
  • Lyrics
  • Elegy
  • Panegyric
  • Epic

Poetic devices:

Poetic devices include Structure, Imagery, Sounds, Diction and Persona.


  • Style
  • Socio-political relevance
  • Thematic preoccupation

Check out: JAMB 2022 Syllabus for all subjects

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2 years ago

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Ogah Abigail
Ogah Abigail
2 years ago

Please what Shakespearean text are we reading for jamb 2022 in literature?
Is it Othello or midsummer night’s dream

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Philemon theo
2 years ago

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2 years ago

I need 2022 jamb recommended novel

2 years ago
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Emmanuel Ochede
Emmanuel Ochede
2 years ago
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_*Recommended Literature Texts For Art Students JAMB 2022 Examination*_

_🥢Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta_
_🥢Unexpected Joy at Dawn by Alex Agyei-Agyiri_

_🥢The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka_
_🥢Let Me Die Alone by John K. Kargbo_

_🥢“Black Woman” by Leopold Sedar Senghor_
_🥢“A Government Driver on his Retirement” by Onu Chibuike_
_“The Grieved Lands” by Agostinho Neto_
_🥢“The Leader and the Led” by Niyi Osundare_
_🥢“The Song of the Women of my Land” by Oumar Farouk Sesay_
_🥢“Raider of the Treasure Trove” by Lade Wosornu_

Success otabor
Success otabor
2 years ago

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2 years ago
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Bayewunmi bukola
Bayewunmi bukola
2 years ago
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Donna Tas
2 years ago

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2 years ago

What are the recommended novel for jamb 2022/23

2 years ago
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Unexpected joy at dawn,second class citizen,the lion and the jewel

2 years ago

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Francis chinedu
2 years ago
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