Here's the task: pretend you're a professor! You have to do the following:
- Choose a focus for your class on literature (with a snazzy title if you like)
- Choose the books that you, as a professor, will have your class dive into in order to convey key concepts
- Explain why each book you chose ties into your overarching exploration
Your class can have any focus, broad or specific: victorian literature, contemporary poetry, Shakespearean themes in non-Shakespearean works -- whatever you want! It can focus on any forms of literature and does not have to be explicitly limited to "books" if you want to look at some outside-of-the-box stuff (I once took a literature class where we read afternoon, a story, for example.)
After choosing your specific focus, choose what will be included on your syllabus as "required reading" and why you've chosen each item.