Thesis Points? I dont even know anymore.
Ergodic Literature vs the non-linearity of memory?
Ergodic literature refers to texts that require a reader to make a different or greater than normal effort. This is usually because they are non-linear in some way, which theoreticians relate to the possibilities of hypertext. An ergodic text re-interprets the idea of ‘plot’, plays with layout or typography, requires the reader to find a ‘key’ to unlock the meanings of the text or introduces an unreliable narrator or digression. Examples in print include Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote.Lawrence Sterne's Tristram Shandy and Julio Cortázar's Rayuela, or Hopscotch, and in electronic literature Michael Joyce's Afternoon: A Story. The term itself was coined in this specific sense in 1997 by Espen Aarseth in Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature.
Hypertext and meaning
Aarseth appropriated the word ‘ergodic’ from physics. It combines the Greek words ‘ergon’ and ‘hodos’, which mean ‘work’ and ‘path’ respectively, and Aarseth writes that, “In ergodic literature, nontrivial effort is required to allow the reader to traverse the text”. This is why cybertext, or hypertext fiction, is seen as the epitome of ergodic literature. The reader’s expectations are foiled, and there are many possibilities to branch out and explore different manifestations of form,plot, character, and movement. Each reading yields a different story, and the reader is ‘productive’, rather than passive. Ergodic literature thus challenges the very notion of authorship or authority, and is sometimes seen as liberating or empowering. Michael Joyce’s Afternoon and Twelve Blue illustrate these principle through the use of hyperlinks and multiple possibilities, some hidden and radical, in plot and character.
The term was first coined by Norbert Weiner in his 1948, Cybernetics; or, Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine, and suggested byVannevar Bush's office of the future with its hyperlinked microfiche. Ergodic literature, while often modernist has been described in postmodern studies, for example, by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in their writings about ‘rhizomes’, Jacques Derrida and his decentered text, and Roland Barthes's 'writerly text'.Sherry Turkle and Jean Baudrillard write about the simulation of ‘reality’, or realities.
Frenchman Marcel Proust.
Whence could it have come to me, this all-powerful joy? I sensed that it was connected with the taste of the tea and the cake, but that it infinitely transcended those savours, could, no, indeed, be of the same nature. Whence did it come? What did it mean? How could I seize and apprehend it?
I drink a second mouthful, in which I find nothing more than in the first, then a third, which gives me rather less than the second. It is time to stop; the potion is losing it magic. It is plain that the truth I am seeking lies not in the cup but in myself. The drink has called it into being, but does not know it, and can only repeat indefinitely, with a progressive diminution of strength, the same message which I cannot interpret, though I hope at least to be able to call it forth again and to find it there presently, intact and at my disposal, for my final enlightenment.
Notes: This is what I’m interested in… but I have no idea how that relates to my project.