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Dr Florian Stadtler

Senior Lecturer


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Florian Stadtler is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures and Film in the Department of English and Film. He 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 Literature and Theory, South Asian Literature and Film, Black and South Asian British Writing and Film, and World Cinema and Literature.

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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 South Asian history and literature, Indian popular cinema and its representation in South Asian fiction, and East African literatures as they relate to colonial discourse analysis and postcolonial theory. 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 and a special issue on Writing Hong Kong.

I am currently working an a major new edited collection for Cambridge University Press, Salman Rushdie in Context.

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

Research collaborations

From 2011-12 I worked as  a Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded follow-on project, 'Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections'. It was led by The Open University and Professor Susheila Nasta in collaboration with the British Library, British Council in India, National Archives of India as well as the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. The project team curated and toured a facsimile panel exhibition, 'Beyond the Frame: India in Britain, 1858-1950', to eight cities in India to highlight the formative cultural, social and political contributions South Asians made to British life in this earlier period to counter the common perception that Britain only diversified after the end of the Second World War. Working closely with educationist and pioneering historian, Rozina Visram, the project produced a variety of online resources, including an 'Asians in Britain' learning website for the British Library. The project has been nominated in the category 'Collaboration of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Award (2013) and is an impact case study for RCUK and the AHRC who also featured it in its report to funders. As part of its legacy to open up and bring to wider public audiences the extensive visual archival holdings of this early Asian diasporic community in Britain, the project has also curated Asian Britain: A Photographic History, published by the Westbourne Press and partnered by the British Library and Getty Images. 'Beyond the Frame' grew out of the collaborative AHRC-funded research project, 'Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950' (2007-10) on which I worked as a research associate. Led by The Open University and partnered by the University of Oxford and King's College London, the team was led by Susheila Nasta and included Elleke Boehmer, Ruvani Ranasinha, Rozina Visram, Rehana Ahmed and Sumita Mukherjee. Together we produced a public database: which is attracting high levels of traffic from users across the world.

Research supervision

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

Salman Rushdie

The South Asian Novel in English

Indian Popular Cinema / Bollywood

British South 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 and I have acted as an adivser to the programme in 2019 and 2020.


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.