Elif S. Armbruster, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English


Phone: 617-994-6437
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: earmbruster@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont Street, 8th Floor, Room 8050 

Fall 2018 Office Hours

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays 


  • 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

Selected Publications


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. https://www.salempress.com/press_titles.html?book=531

"Biography of Edith Wharton." Edith Wharton: Critical Insights. Ed. Myrto Drizou. Salem Press, 2017.  xxix-xxxiv. https://www.salempress.com/press_titles.html?book=531

"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 at: http://americanstudier.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-11-2013-american-homes-elif.html

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."

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