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.
His 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.
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.