Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway: A woman on the edge

Lesson rationale

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway is one of the most innovative novels in the history of the genre. In these activities, students will use manuscript drafts, notebooks and essays to study Woolf’s experimentation with form and use of language during the lengthy process of composition. They will also consider the work in the context of post-First World War Britain, making imaginative links with other aspects of modernism, and producing their own creative writing.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • How does Woolf experiment with form and structure in her writing?
  • How does Mrs Dalloway reflect the changes in society after the First World War?
  • How does Woolf’s writing link to other aspects of modernism?