Beyond Boundaries. Creative Section

A Victorious Roman Holiday: Life Writing and Loving Beyond Boundaries




transnational love, family history, Third Culture Kids, migration in childhood, pandemic limbo


Immobile during the Coronavirus pandemic, I question the PhD I am currently working on because it focuses on life writing about frequent international migration in childhood. Feeling stuck and disheartened, I look for a little ray of hope in order to escape my Covid-19 limbo. Thinking about how the life writers I am studying would deal with recounting the past experiences of my mobile family, through this Creative Matters piece, I ultimately win endurance and optimism by telling my parents’ story of conquering love beyond boundaries.

Author Biography

Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz, University of Leeds / University of Muenster

Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz is a doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ of the University of Muenster. Her thesis explores life writing about frequent international mobility in girlhood. Jessica is also passionate about creative writing.





Beyond Boundaries. Creative Section