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Tricoteuses

sobriquet of battle-exhorting women at French Convention. [Fr. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1100]
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The knitting outsider, a threatening presence in her observant post at the edges of the group is reminiscent of the tricoteuses of the French Revolution and thus represents women who venture outside the domestic sphere; and the mother with her inanimate bundle evokes either postpartum psychosis or infanticide, two forms of dysfunctional maternal behavior.
Le Franc-parleur thus observed that "il y avait en France sous le regne de la terreur des femmes sans culottes auxquelles on donna le sobriquet de: Les tricoteuses.
143) The tricoteuses knitted at the foot of the guillotine as the heads rolled: Charles Dickens in particular horrified English readers with this spectacle of unwomanly radicalism in his A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and Traherne adapts it as tribute to Lucilla's British pluck.
Il y a quelques annees, ce magasin etait particulierement sollicite par les couturieres qui tissaient et brodaient, ainsi que les tricoteuses qui fabriquaient des vetements en laine.
Personnage central du roman Le Premier quartier de la lune, il apparait dans En pieces detachees et Marcel poursuivi par les chiens, deux pieces qui mettent en place, entre le spectateur et la scene, la mediation de personnages feminins : les voisines dans le premier cas et les quatre tricoteuses dans le second.
Dominique Godineau, Citoyennes tricoteuses (Paris: Editions Perrin, 2004).
A couple of cackling harpies, looking like tricoteuses knitting in front of the guillotine, applauded and gave me an encouraging smile as though to say "there's life in the old dog, yet".
260 years later hags known as tricoteuses knitted beneath the guillotine as nobles' heads were lopped off
In her husband's self-defence, in the same magazine's issue of March 19, 2007, he characterized his detractors as "braying, hideous tricoteuses," casting himself as a hapless aristo losing his head while the citoyens of the French Revolution did their ominous knitting.
Watt identifies the multiplicity of historical and literary associations pervading the scene in the anteroom, two of which are "the French tricoteuses callously knitting at the guillotine, and the Roman crowds to whom the gladiators address their scornful farewell.
Knitting incessantly while watching the daily executions at the guillotine, she is a perfect example of the tricoteuses.