This book approaches the appearance of cinema and its attendant institutions as a major cause for the emergence of modernism in literature in the United Kingdom. In each of the three chapters, I detail a major area of the literary terrain for which the new institution ‘the cinema’ was the architect, areas that together comprised some major characteristics of the modernist ‘mode’. Each of the three chapters outlines a major, and historically specifi c, characteristic of the common experience of cinema in the UK, and relates this characteristic to contemporary changes in literary form.