Freak Show: "Million Dollar Babies" and the National Family-rama

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My concern in what follows will be with the family as "national treasure." Taking the event of Million Dollar Babies, a made-far-TV movie (1994) about the Dionne quints-world-famous for being the first quintuplets to survive more than a couple of days - I will investigate the "familyrama" that surrounded the birth of the French-Canadian sisters in the 1930s as well as its representation in the 1990s. That investigation will be informed by two main points. A first line of questioning addresses how the quints served as an emblem of the commodification of femininity in the representation of the Canadian nation; a second line of investigation offers a critical stance from which to interrogate the cultural links between sexuality and colonialism and women's role as breeders of the nation within this narrative.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24–35
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1996


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