Module A Mrs Dalloway and The Hours – Schools


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Module A Mrs Dalloway and The Hours – HSC English Study Notes 2019 – 2023


These Mrs Dalloway and The Hours study notes have been composed specifically to target the requirements for HSC English Module A.


The notes examine and develop ideas in the areas of:

  • Context – the author’s/composer’s and our contemporary contexts;
  • Themes – relating to the Common Module, and relating to the set text;
  • Technique – the use of literary or cinematic techniques; with suggested references from the set text.


These study notes on Module A will enable students to consider: 

  • The thematic ideas at the core of the texts;
    How their own understanding of their world is often challenged by new insights;
    In what way a writer’s social, cultural or political context may influence his or her subject matter;
  • How language and symbolism are used to provide insight into the characters’ values and prejudices, and of course the implicit values of the composer or storyteller.

Content of the Notes:


  1. Overview of the Texts
  2. Mrs Dalloway
  3. Context
  4. Social Setting: Richmond England 1920s
  5. The Hours
  6. Context
  7. Social Setting


  1. Form and Style
  • Form and Style in Mrs Dalloway
  • Form and Style in The Hours
  • Why is fragmentation and dislocation used in Mrs Dalloway?
  • Why is pastiche and intertextuality used in The Hours?
  • Techniques in Mrs Dalloway
  • Techniques in The Hours


  1. Themes in Mrs Dalloway and The Hours

1)         Isolation

  1. a)   Mrs Dalloway – Septimus and Madness
  2. b)    The Hours – Woolf and Madness
    c)    The Hours – Woolf and Vanessa
    d)    Mrs Dalloway – Communication and Isolation
    e)    The Hours – Communication and Isolation2)    Identity (in both texts)
    a)    Mortality
    b)    The impact of social context
    c)    Self-expression
    d)    Autonomy
    e)    The impact of others on the self