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)

2013-12-27

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.”