Angulo, María-Elena. “Two Ecuadorian Novels of Realismo Maravilloso of the 1970’s: Demetrio Aguilera Malta’s Siete lunas y siete serpientes, Alicia Yanez Cossio’s Bruna, soroche y los tios.” In Magic Realism: Social Context and Discourse. New York: Garland, 1995. Chapter discussing Aguilera Malta’s novel is part of an analysis of five modern Latin American novels that focuses on how the authors use Magical Realism to illuminate problems of class, gender, and race within Latin American society.
Brushwood, John S. “The Year of Don Goyo.” In The Spanish American Novel: A Twentieth Century Survey. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1975. Brushwood, who translated Aguilera Malta’s novel Don Goyo, analyzes that book and places it within the larger context of other works by Latin American novelists.
Diez, Luis A. “The Apocalyptic Tropics of Aguilera Malta.” Latin American Literary Review 10, no. 20 (Spring/Summer, 1982). Provides a brief introduction to Aguilera Malta’s work before focusing on Seven Serpents and Seven Moons, discussing what Diez calls “the magic apocalypse” of that novel.
Rabassa, Clementine Christos. Demetrio Aguilera-Malta and Social Justice: The Tertiary Phase of Epic Tradition in Latin American Literature. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1980. Places Aguilera Malta within the epic tradition, examining the roles of such natural elements as topography, vegetation, and animal life in his fiction. Discusses justice in the epic tradition and Aguilera Malta’s works, focusing particularly on divine retribution and poetic justice.
Siemens, William L. “The Antichrist-Figure in Three Latin American Novels.” In The Power of Myth in Literature and Film, edited by Victor Carrabino. Tallahassee: University Presses of Florida, 1980. Compares Aguilera Malta’s treatment of the Antichrist in Seven Serpents and Seven Moons with the treatments of Antichrist figures in Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad (1967; One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1970) and Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s Tres tristes tigres (1967, 1990; Three Trapped Tigers, 1971).
Wishnia, Kenneth J. A. Twentieth-Century Ecuadorian Narrative: New Readings in the Context of the Americas. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1999. Examines works by several Ecuadoran writers, including Aguilera Malta. Chapter 2 discusses what Wishnia describes as the “demythication of history” in Don Goyo; chapter 4 compares Aguilera Malta’s play El tigre with Eugene O’Neill’s play The Emperor Jones (pr. 1920) to delineate the playwrights’ different assumptions about surviving in a mythological jungle.