University of Washington Tacoma

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Author Biography

Jeff Salazar is a student of Communications Studies with a focus on Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Postmodern Feminism and Democratic Discourse. Hailing from California, Jeff is a book-binding apprentice and an avid rock climber.

Document Type

Undergraduate Research Paper


Steeped in ritual, The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) walks viewers through the (mediated) processes of a clinical autopsy. Beginning with the cataloguing of biometric information, the autopsy proceeds in three stages: external, internal and organ examinations. What starts as a routine procedure quickly turns into chaotic mania as dead bodies are reanimated, flash floods trap the inhabitants and a dead woman seems to have taken control of the building. Using a psychoanalysis approach, this paper illuminates major connections between the id, ego and superego while also identifying the preconscious, conscious, and unconscious functions of the brain. As expressed through character interaction and symbolic relation, this paper posits that the continued shallow practices of female representation contribute widely to the lasting effects of systematic oppression and the perpetuation of those systems. Ultimately, this paper recognizes how power can be used to define saintly action against demonic malevolence, placing the beast within the pews of society.


University of Washington Tacoma


TCOM 444 Gender, Ethnicity and Class in the Media


Ellen Moore