Dr Fabienne Collignon


Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


I joined the School of English in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature. In 2017 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Before coming to Sheffield, 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.


  • LIT107 Studying Prose
  • LIT204 Critical and Literary Theory
  • LIT 268 The Graphic Novel and the Love of (Super) Power
  • LIT 271 Radical Theory
  • LIT303 Contemporary Literature
  • LIT268 The Graphic Novel and the Love of (Super) Power
  • LIT6046 Rocket State Cosmology


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.


  • Rocket States: Atomic Weaponry and the Cultural Imagination (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Peer-reviewed Articles:
  • Cold-Pac Politics: Ubik’s Cold War Imaginary, in Alexander Dunst and Stefan Schlensag (eds), Future Matters: The Persistence of Philip K. Dick (Palgrave, forthcoming)
  • Soft Machines, in Mariangela Palladino and John Miller (eds), The Globalization of Space (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2014)
  • USA Murated Nation, or, the Sublime Spherology of Security Culture, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 48, No. 3 (August 2014), 1–25.
  • The Ballistic Flight of an Automatic Duck’. Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon Vol. 1, No. 2 (November 2012). 
  • ‘The Arc of the 0 (0000)’, Configurations. No. 19, Vol. 1 (Winter 2011): 49–71
  • Silo Psychosis’, C-Theory. Special Issue: In the Name of Security. April 2011. 
  • ‘A glimpse of light’. Textual Practice. Vol. 22. Issue 3 (September 2008): 457–562
  • Aberrations in the Heartland. An Interview with Rachel Chavkin, Artistic Director of T.E.A.M. (Theatre of the Emerging American Moment)’. European Journal of American Studies. Issue 1, 2008.