School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Jacob Jewusiak

Lecturer in Victorian Literature


I joined Newcastle University as a Lecturer in Victorian Literature in 2018. My scholarship on the nineteenth and early-twentieth century focuses on Great Britain and India, and is situated at the intersection of age studies, postcolonial theory, and the philosophy of time.

Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, English Literature, July 2012. 

M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, English Literature, May 2008. 

B.A. Texas Christian University, English Literature, June 2005. 

B.A. Texas Christian University, Philosophy, June 2005.


My first book, Aging, Duration, and the English Novel: Growing Old from Dickens to Woolf, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2019. It theorizes duration and the conventions of realism through an analysis of representations of old age and aging, especially through the way novelists plot the development of characters over time.

I am currently working on a second book, The Aging of Empire: Networks of Dependence from Young England to Young India, which focuses on how British and Indian authors mapped a politics of age onto the asymmetrical relation between colonizer and colonized. This project demonstrates how progressive, linear models of imperial expansion derived their power from a tacit comparison to the development of a human life, entangling anxieties about the durability of empire with figures relating to old age and youthful inheritance.



Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016.

Donald Gray Prize, Best Essay in Victorian Studies, 2013.


Undergraduate Teaching 2019-2020


Semester One:

SEL 2204: Victorian Passions, Victorian Values

SEL 3395: The Victorian Novel: Time, Change, and the Life Course 

Semester Two:

SEL 2210: Independent Research Project

Feedback and consultation hours for semester two: Wednesday 1pm-3pm and Thursday 2pm-3pm.