Dr Fabienne Collignon
Room 5.04 Jessop West
Internal Extension: 20242
I joined the School of English in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature. Previously, I held a short-term post at the University of Glasgow, where I also completed my PhD in 2009, and a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
My research focuses on American techno-culture; specifically the Cold War and Cold War weapons systems; genre fiction/film; theories of technology; the poetics of space.
My first monograph, titled Rocket States: Atomic Weaponry and the Cultural Imagination (Bloomsbury, 2014), maps the technological unconscious of the American Cold War and is concerned with identifying the recurring figures and fantasies of the conflict: the dome or parabola as sheltering techno-form; the fictions of total security adapting to constantly changing targeting strategies; gadget love; closed, freezing worlds. Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow serves as the book’s recurring focal point; his prose technique inspires and exemplifies the study’s attention to secret affinities. I have started my next major research project, which is interested in weird war machines and the insectile.
I am interested in supervising MA students working on post-1945 American Literature; on technology in literature/film; on Thomas Pynchon; on narratives of disaster.