Portrayals and perceptions of rural women’s lives range widely from romanticized harmonious images of women working with nature in bucolic settings, as portrayed by Sue Hubbell in A Country Year to representations of overworked, strong women grinding out their daily existence, as represented in Alice Walker’s Everyday Use and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions. Literature, theater, and other forms of cultural production generate particular portraits serving specific interests.