Gemini, Partyman, and the Nude Tour: Symbols and Silhouettes in Prince’s Fashion During the Batman Era

Karen Turman

Dr. Karen Turman is a Preceptor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She earned her B.A. (2001) at the University of Minnesota, and her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in French Literature with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interdisciplinary research interests include 19th-century Bohemian Paris, music and dance during the Jazz Age, and fashion and popular culture studies. In addition, her research in language acquisition centers on approaches to teaching cultural competence with current projects involving the engagement of language learners with local Haitian communities as well as online Francophone language partners. She is currently teaching intermediate and advanced French language courses on the various themes of Food, Francophone Culture, Social Justice and Writing, and Business French.

Dr. Turman’s scholarship on Prince began with a project on Dandyism presented at the Purple Reign conference at the University of Salford in 2017. She has since presented on Prince at Winona State University, the Popular Culture Association, and the Prince From Minneapolis symposium at the University of Minnesota. Her forthcoming publications include an essay on Josephine Baker, Claude McKay, and Prince entitled “Banana Skirts and Cherry Moons: Utopic French Myths in Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon,” and “Prettyman in the Mirror: Dandyism in Prince’s Minneapolis.” Dr. Turman grew up in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis and loves nothing more than dancing to Prince jams, especially “Partyman.