In examining Chicana/o authors(Ana Castillo, Sheila Ortiz Taylor, John Rechy, Richard Rodriguez) and one film director (Edward James Olmos), Aldama aims to create a more astute analysis of the “ethnosexual” self. Indeed, he contributes significantly to our understanding of gender and sexuality in Chicana/o cultural production. However,despite a carefully wrought introduction that walks the reader through the biological and cognitive scientific models that Aldama proposes to draw on for his new interpretation of the “ethnosexual” self, those models do not inform his textual interpretations. . . .
The strengths of his readings emanate not from science but from his supple use of aesthetic and narrative theory. These analytical models make Aldama’s interpretations consistently illuminating, and I think they would have made the basis for a more compelling introduction.