Dr Jean Antoine-Dunne is a Senior Lecturer in Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She delivered the Walcott Nobel Lecture in 2006, and has published widely on contemporary Irish and Caribbean writing. She divides her time between Ireland and Trinidad.
She has been awarded a BA from UWI St Augustine, an MA by Major thesis from Maynooth College Ireland, a PhD under the supervision of Seamus Deane from University College Dublin, the Unilever Newman Scholar, University College Dublin, and a Diploma in European Human Rights Law University College Dublin. She worked as freelance arts reviewer in Ireland (provincial papers), and has written innumerable reviews of contemporary Irish and Caribbean writing. She is a Beckett scholar and worked on the Beckett archives in Dublin, Reading, Texas at Austin, and also is a Walcott specialist.
She is also a teacher, and has taught Film and Modern Literature at University College Dublin, and taught on the Race and Ethnic Studies Programme at Trinity College Dublin (under Ronit Lentin). She currently teaches the Advanced seminar in West Indian Literature (comparative studies) at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She also teaches Modernism, postcolonial Literatures on MA programme, and gives extensive graduate supervision. She designed the BA in Film at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine with the assistance of Bruce Paddington in 2006, and was the Coordinator of BA in Film at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine 2006 -2009. She also was the Coordinator of Graduate Programme in Literatures in English (2009 -2012 ); Introduced courses in Film and Literature.
In 2005, Antoine-Dunne relocated to Trinidad to take up a position at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.
Edited a collection entitled The Montage Principle. Eisenstein in new Cultural and Critical Contexts with Paula Quigley, Trinity College (2005)
Is one of the editors of The Journal of West Indian Literature
Guest Edited Where is Here? JWIL April 2010.
Has written extensively on the film sense in Irish and Caribbean literature.
Delivered the Walcott Nobel Lecture in 2006
Directed and produced a Documentary on Gordon Rohlehr 2007 & 2009
Directed and produced a Documentary of Walcott’s Island 2012
Is currently working on a Documentary of Disabled Lives in process
Was one of the First Editors of the Magazine of Down Syndrome Ireland (1986 to 1989)
Heavily involved in Disability Issues in Ireland
Founded the Cavan Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland in 1981
Chair of Munterconnaught (Virginia, County Cavan Ireland) Environmental Group (1997 to 2001)
Has written plays for Women’s groups in Ireland
Winner of Cavan and Ulster trophies for recitation (GAA Scor)
She has four children. She lived in Ireland for 35 years, and currently communtes between Trinidad and Ireland.