Franzen, too, centered his latest novel, Freedom, on a seemingly bland and insular character.
Yes, it makes a certain sense in the insular Beltway world of politics.
But the sad reality is that the comics industry is too insular to foster any kind of radical change.
1610s, "of or pertaining to an island," from Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula "island" (see isle). Metaphoric sense "narrow, prejudiced" is 1775, from notion of being cut off from intercourse with other nations, especially with reference to the situation of Great Britain. Earlier adjective in the literal sense was insulan (mid-15c.), from Latin insulanus.
insular in·su·lar (ĭn'sə-lər, ĭns'yə-)
Of or being an isolated tissue or island of tissue.