Related term: Aleatory

The term ‘ergodic’ might be said to occupy a similar territory to that of aleatory. Bringing together two Greek roots, ergon meaning work and hodos meaning path, ergodic is a term borrowed from physics by Espen Aarseth (1997: 2) who uses it to suggest that a “nontrivial effort is required to allow the reader to traverse the text” in the context of cybertextuality.


Aarseth, E.J. (1997). Cybertext: perspectives on ergodic literature. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press.

edited 26 June, 2016 by Allan Parsons

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