Among other changes, I am putting "Satan in Goray" on the syllabus for the first time. This historical novel, written by Isaac Bashevis Singer, is set in 17th century Poland. It depicts the devastation that the Chmielnicki massacres wrought upon one particular Jewish hamlet, and describes the fervor of messianic hope in the wake of this destruction.
We will not get to this book until the very end of the semester, but wanted to tell you about this far in advance. I have listed the novel as *optional* because it is very strange (some may find it disturbing) and my use of it in class is also quite experimental. That said, I think it will provide an interesting angle for our session on Messianism.