Fabienne Collignon

Fabienne Collignon is a lecturer in Contemporary Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are the Cold War/state of exception, weapons systems, theories of technology, and the poetics of space. Her first monograph, Rocket States: Atomic Weaponry and the Cultural Imagination, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2014. She has also published articles on the rocket's "ideology of the zer"; Thomas Pynchon's map-space; Vaucanson's automatic duck as prototype space age gadget; the emergence of proto-cybernetic gadgets in pre-Cold War Antarctica and the aesthetics of techno-sublime enclosures in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

Against an Aesthetics of Disappearance (review of Timothy Melley's The Covert Sphere)


According to Fabienne Collignon, Timothy Melley’s refusal to submit “clear vectors of resistance” to “so-called democratic states” in The Covert Sphere is far from a shortcoming of the work, and instead marks its distinct quality. The absence of clear political solution, Collignon contends, informs The Covert Sphere’s achievement as a call for a change of mind in a population who, wittingly or not, have “participated in, and continue to collaborate with, a system of pretended innocence and victimization.”