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PROVISIONAL LIST OF RECOMMENDED SET BOOKS FOR NABTEB GENERAL CERTIFICATE LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH [2016 - 2020]

PAPER I - There will be fifty objective questions based on:

(a) General literary principles
(b) Contextual questions on Africa and Non-Africa drama set books.
(c) Unseen Prose and Poetry Passages.
(d) Literary Appreciation and Techniques

PAPER 2: DRAMA AND POETRY

SECTION A: AFRICAN DRAMA

One of the following texts should be studied:

1. Wole Soyinka: The Trials of Brother Jero
2. Athol Fugard: Sizwe Bambi is Dead

SECTION B: NON-AFRICAN DRAMA:
1. Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
2. George B. Shaw: The Taming of the Shrew.

SECTION C: AFRICAN POETRY
(i) Traditional: Salute to the Elephant
(ii) Oswald Mitshali: “Night fall in Soweto”
(i) Henry Barlow: “Building the Nation.”
(ii) David Rubadiri: “ An African Thunderstorm”
(iii) Niyi Osundare: “Ours to Plough not to Plunder”
(iv) Traditional: “My Song Bursts”

SECTION D: NON-AFRICAN POETRY

(i) Robert Burns: “Red Red Rose”
(ii) John Donne: “ Death be not Proud”
(i) T.S. Eliot: “Journey of the Magi”
(ii) William Blake: “A poison Tree”
(iii) Alfred Tennyson: “Ulysses”.
(iv) John Kents: “Ode to Nightingale”

PAPER 3 - PROSE

SECTION A: AFRICAN PROSE

One of the following texts should be studied
(1) Buchi Emecheta: Slave Wife
(2) Ngugiwa thiong’o : Weep Not Child

SECTION B: NON-AFRICAN PROSE

(1) Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
(2) Sir Rider Haggard: King Solomon’s Mines


RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS AND ANTHOLOGIES

a. A Section of African Poetry, introduced and annotated by K.E. Sehanu and T. Vincent (Longman)).
b. The Penguin Book of English Verse, edited by John Hayward (Pengiun).
c. Any poetry Anthology containing the recommended poems.
d. Eustace Palmer: An Introduction to the African Novel (HEB).
e. E.N. Obiechina – Culture, Tradition and society in the West African Novel (Cambridge).
f. Boris Ford – The Pelican Guide to English Literature: (7 volumes).
g. Niyi Osundare: The Eye of the Earth (Poems) Heinemann Frontline Series Heinemann Educational Books Nigeria Limited. Ibadan 1986.
h. Ben Omonode: Introduction to Literature; University of Benin Press, Benin City.

PROVISIONAL LIST OF RECOMMENDED SET BOOKS FOR NABTEB ADVANCED LEVEL (A LEVEL) LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH [2016 - 2020]

DRAMA PAPER I: DRAMA.

ENGLISH DRAMA
SECTION A
Shakespeare: 12thNight (Compulsory)

SECTION B 
Ben Jonson: Volpone
Richard Sheridan: The School for Scandal
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
T.S Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral

SECTION C 
American, Caribbean and European Drama 
Bertolt Brecht: Mother Theresa
Lerol Jones: Dutchman
Nicolai Gogol: The Government Inspector
Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn

SECTION D 
African Drama 
Wole Soyinka: Death and the King's Horseman
Ola Rotimi: Our Husband has Gone Mad Again
Athol Fugard: Sizwe Banzi is dead
Lewis Nkosi: Rhythm of violence

PAPER II: PROSE 

SECTION A: 
English Novel 
Thomas Hardy: Far from the Madding Crowd
George Orwel: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Charles Dickens: Great Expectation
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

SECTION B: 
American, Caribbean and European Novel 
Albert Camus: The Plague
George Laming: In the Castle of my skin
Conrad: Heart of Darkness

SECTION C: 
African Novel 
Chinua Achebe: A Man of the People
Ayi Kwei Armah: The Beautiful ones are Not Yet Born
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o: Devil on the Cross

SECTION D 
Unseen passage

PAPER III: POETRY 

SECTION A: 
Unseen Poem

SECTION B: 
FROM CHAUCER TO THE AUGUSTAN PERIOD 
Geoffrey Chaucer: The general prologue and the Clerks Tale
Helen Gardner(ed): The Metaphysical Poets
Alexander Pope: Selections

SECTION C: 
FROM ROMANTICS TO THE MODERN PERIOD 
David wright (ed) Selections from the penguin book of English Romantic verse
W.S. Mackie (ed) Selections from thirty poems by Robert Browning
Modern Poetry Selections

SECTION D: 
AFRICAN POETRY 
OKOT P'Bitek: The Song of Lawino and the song of Ocol
Wole Soyinka (ed) Poems of Black Africa
Denis Brutus: Simple Lust

Secondary Texts

  • Moore Gerald (ed) African Literature and the Universities (Ibadan University Press) 1965 
  • Moore Gerald (ed) and Beier Ulli: Modern Poetry form Africa, Penguin Books, 1963 
  • M.H. Abrams: A Glossary of Literary Terms, Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc.


PROVISIONAL LIST OF RECOMMENDED SET BOOKS FOR LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH [2021 - 2025]

AFRICAN PROSE
1. Second Class Citizen - Buchi Emecheta
2. Unexpected Joy at Dawn - Alex Agyei-Agyiri(2018 Edition)

NON AFRICAN PROSE
1. Wutherng Heights - Emily Bronte
2. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

AFRICAN DRAMA
1. Let Me Die Alone - John K.Kargbo
2. The Lion and the Jewel - Wole Soyinka

NON AFRICAN DRAMA
1. Look Back in Anger - John Osborne
2. Fences - August Wilson

AFRICAN POETRY
1. "Black Woman" - Leopard Sedar Senghor
2. "The Leader and the Led" - Niyi Osundare
3. “The Grieved Lands" - Agostinho Neto
4."The Song of the Woman of my Land" - Oumar Farouk Sesay
5. "Raider of the Treasure Trove" - Lade Wosomu
6. "A Government Driver on His Retirement - Onu Chibuike

NON AFRICAN POETRY
1. “The Good-Morrow" - John Donne
2. "Caged Bird - Maya Angelou
3. "The Journey of the Magi" - T.S.Elliot
4. "Do Not Go Gentle into The Good Night - Dylan Thomas
5. "Binsey Poplars(Felled 1879)" - G.M.Hopkins
6. "Bat" - David H.Lawrence


NOTE
Drama text for objective/contextual questions
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare