In the 1980's, she returned to drama and fiction. Her play, created with Zeig first in English as The Constant Journey (1984) and later in Paris as Le Voyage sans fin (1985), is a reworking of Don Quixote. Her last novel, Virgile, non (Across The Acheron), uses Dante's Divine Comedy as the structuring metaphor but now paradise, hell, and limbo are all situated in a real and imaginary San Francisco.
- by Diane G. Crowder (2006)
Since coming to the U.S., Wittig worked as a visiting professor at various American universities. In the 1980’s she completed a doctoral dissertation called "Le chantier littéraire" under the direction of Gérard Genette. She became a permanent member of the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1990, in French and Women’s Studies. Her collected essays, published as The Straight Mind in 1992, made her work available to a wider audience and influenced feminist theory around the world.
In 1994, at a special session of the Kentucky Foreign Language Convention, she read extensively from her first work written in English, a short story entitled “The Girl,” which evolved into the screenplay for a feature film of the same title directed by Sande Zeig. Through the late 1990s, she oversaw the publication of her collected short fiction (Paris-la-Politique, 1999) and the translation of The Straight Mind into French (La pensée straight, 2001). To celebrate the latter publication, an international panel of Wittig specialists, with Wittig and Zeig, gathered in Paris in June 2001 for a three-day conference examining all aspects of her work. The first French screening of “The Girl” was held. The conference papers were published by editors
Marie-Hélène Bourcier and Suzette Robichon, in Parce que les lesbiennes ne sont pas des femmes... (2002).
Wittig’s sudden death in January 2003 cut short the career of an incredibly creative writer, philosopher, and activist whose work will continue to influence all who oppose “the straight mind” in its myriad manifestations. Special journal issues, a major anthology (On Monique Wittig, 2005) and a memorial conference at Harvard (co-sponsored by Yale) in December 2004, paid tribute to her.