About Monique Wittig
In August 1970, Monique Wittig and others attempted to place the famous wreath of flowers on the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe with the words “There is someone more unknown than the unknown soldier: his wife.” The media labeled this act as the founding moment of the French Women’s Liberation Movement.
A leading figure in the 20th century feminist movement and a prize-winning author, Monique Wittig changed the course of history through her lesbian feminist activism, political theory, and trailblazing literary work. In 1964, Wittig’s first novel, The Opoponax, won the Prix Médicis. Marguerite Duras saluted this “brilliant work,” an opinion shared by Claude Simon, Nathalie Sarraute, and other writers and literary critics. In 1969, her novel Les Guérillères provoked an upheaval in the map of language and exerted a determining influence on what would become the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Wittig continued to break barriers publishing Le Corps Lesbien (The Lesbian Body) in 1973; two years later she and her partner Sande Zeig published Brouillon pour un dictionnaire des amantes (Lesbian Peoples: Material for a Dictionary); in 1985 she published Virgile, Non (Across The Acheron) along with the play le Voyage Sans Fin (The Constant Journey). Her theoretical work, The Straight Mind and Other Essays, was published in 1992 and Le Chantier littéraire (The Literary Workshop) was published in 2010 posthumously.
Poster design Curious Sky. Photo Adele Prandini