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Dr Florian Stadtler

Senior Lecturer


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Florian Stadtler researches Indian Popular Cinema/Bollywood, South Asian Writing in English, particularly the work of Salman Rushdie, and British Asian Literature and History and has published in these areas. He teaches Postcolonial, Postmodern and Twentieth Century Writing and Critical Theory.

Term 2 2017-18 Office Hours: 

Wednesday and Thursdays 10.45-12.15 

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My office is in Queen's Building, Room 116

Research interests

My main research interests lie in colonial and postcolonial literature and film, especially South Asian writing in English and the work of Salman Rushdie, British Asian history and literature, Indian popular cinema and its representation in South Asian fiction, and African literature as they relate to colonial and postcolonial discourse analysis. I am also interested in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary British fiction, in particular the development of the novel.

My monograph, Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Salman Rushdie's Novels and the Cinematic Imagination highlights the way in which Rushdie draws on the conventions, style and politics of Indian Popular Cinema in his exploration of the postcolonial subcontinent and the South Asian diaspora in fast-changing global, economic and social spaces, ranging from the metropolises of Bombay, London and New York.

I have also published extensively on South Asian-British history, including on the case of Udham Singh and South Asian soldiers in the First and Second World Wars. I have co-edited a special issue of Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, entitled India and Britain: Cross-Cultural Encounters, which highlighted the vibrant South Asian publishing culture of 1930s-1940s Britain.

My research is historically invested and draws extensively on archival collections in Britain, India and the US.

Research supervision

I would be happy to consider research proposals from students in the following areas:

Salman Rushdie

The South Asian Novel in English

Postcolonial Theory and Film

Indian Popular Cinema / Bollywood

British Asian Writing


External impact and engagement

I continue to work closely with the British Library's India Office Records team and am a guest blogger for Untold Lives: Sharing stories from the past, worldwide.

I am currently involved in the curation of the exhibition, 'At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain' as part of the UK India Festival of Culture. This outdoor exhibition will tour to Edinburgh, Leeds and London from September to October 2017. For more information, click here and further information about the project is available on this website.

Contribution to discipline

I am the Reviews Editor for Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing. I am also a member of the Postcolonial Studies Association and an associated member of the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group at The Open University.


In 2014, I contributed to the BBC Radio 4 documentary, Three Pounds in My Pocket. To listen again, visit


Born and educated in Kronberg, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, I completed a BA in English and European Studies (First Class Hons) at the University of Kent at Canterbury, before moving on to study for an MA in Postcolonial Studies. I completed my PhD on Salman Rushdie and Indian Popular Cinema in 2007 at the University of Kent. From 2008-13 I worked as Research Fellow in Literature at The Open University on the collaborative cross-institutional and interdisciplinary projects, 'Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950' (2007-10), ‘Archiving South Asian Heritage’ (2010-11) and 'Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections, 1858-1950’ (2011-12). I joined the English Department at the University of Exeter in September 2013.