Elif Armbruster, PhD

Associate Professor, English

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  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, University of Maine
  • BA, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges (English and French)

Research Interests

  • American Realism (1870-1920)
  • American Domestic Architecture
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Women’s Literature
  • Ethnic Literature
  • American Autobiography and Biography



  • Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Essays and Book Chapters

  • "'Like Patterns Stenciled on a Wall': Edith Wharton's Decoration of Fictional Houses." Edith Wharton: Critical Insights. Ed. Myrto Drizou. Salem Press, 2017. 81-95.
  • "Biography of Edith Wharton." Edith Wharton: Critical Insights. Ed. Myrto Drizou. Salem Press, 2017. xxix-xxxiv.
  • "The Chinese American Miracle: An Interview with Anchee Min." MELUS 40.4 (Winter 2015): 173-190.
  • "From Laura Esquivel to Suzan Colon: Food and Female Identity in Fact and Fiction." Published January 11, 2013.

Introductions to Trade Edition Classics

  • "Introduction," "Chronology," "Notes," and "Based on the Book," in Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin(1852). Reprint; New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2012.
  • "Introduction," in Edith Wharton, Summer (1917). Reprint; New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2006.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Henry Goings', Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery, ed. Calvin Schermerhorn, Michael Plunkett, and Edward Gaynor. Nineteenth Century Studies (December 2013).
  • Review of MOM: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America, Rebecca Jo Plant, Journal of Popular Culture, (March 2011).

Work in Progress

  • "Dwelling in American Realism." The Oxford Handbook to American Realism. Ed. Keith Newlin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • Sisters by Design: The Intertwined Lives of Edith Wharton, Minnie Jones, and Beatrix Farrand.
  • "Swamps and Orange Trees": Race and Reconstruction in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Palmetto Leaves."
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Courses Taught

  • WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
  • WRI-102 First-Year Writing II
  • ENG-161 Writing the American West
  • ENG-216/ENG-135 World Literature in English
  • ENG-217 American Literature I: 1492-1865
  • ENG-301 Gateway Seminar for Majors: Edith Wharton in Life and Literature
  • ENG-301 Seminar in Literary Criticism: Women Writing the American West
  • ENG-353 Dwelling in American Realism
  • ENG-380 James and Wharton
  • ENG-387 Writing Women
  • ENG-422 Women Warriors: Stories of Captivity, Conversion, and Confession
  • ENG-424 House of Wits: Alice, Henry, and William James
  • ENG-510 Independent Study in English
  • ENG-H525 Honors Seminar: Latina Literature
  • AMST-111 Introduction to American Studies
  • SF-148 No Place Like Home: The American Home as a Cultural Symbol
  • SF-1135/H1135 Women Warriors: Strong Women, Strong Stories
  • SF-1163 Literary Witches and Wizards
  • WGS-111 Introduction to Women's Studies