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 language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 1996|