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This paper applies epistemological and literary paradigms of false and misleading information to Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid's Tale to argue that both systems and individuals perpetuate the false and misleading categories of information that result in depriving women of bodily autonomy. Analysis of the novel reveals how class divisions work to obstruct effective mobilization of the revolutionary movement. Specific moments in the plot and characterization reveal how individuals' warped perceptions of reality translate into behavior that reinforces the patriarchal regime. Finally, this literary and epistemological analysis attempts to bring literary and philosophical frameworks to bear on definitions within the field of Disinformation Studies.



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Epistemic Wrong in The Handmaid's Tale: A Literary Approach to Gendered Disinformation