Wilfred Cude
The Ph.D. Trap R E V I S I T E D
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Biographical note: Wilfred Cude, M.A.

Wilfred Cude is the author of A Due Sense of Differences (1981), The Ph.D. Trap (1987), and The Ph.D. Trap Revisited (2001), and numerous scholarly articles on English literature, Canadian history, critical methodology and educational traditions. He has lectured at seven different colleges and universities across the country. He is currently completing a novel about William Henry Jackson, the dropout from the University of Toronto who served as secretary to Louis Riel during the rebellion of 1885. His next literary venture will be an account of the 1933-34 NHL Season, in which his goaltending father Wilf Cude Sr. helped bring the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup final. Wilf Jr. lives with his wife, the novelist Mary Pat Cude, in a small house they built for themselves in rural Cape Breton on the shore of the Loch Bras D'Or.

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Chapter One
Time's Toll

Whatever its possessors may say to the contrary, the North American doctor of philosophy degree is not so much about scholarly attainment as it is about power: sheer, naked, inexorable economic and social power. Originally intended as the certificate attesting specialized preparation for research in the major scholarly disciplines,...




This book, let me stress at the very beginning, is designed to effect positive change in a central academic institution now painfully and destructively faltering. While nearly all the standard literature concerning our contemporary university structure is unrelievedly laudatory,...